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Autonomous Vehicle Regulations Development

New Motor Vehicle Board 10th Industry RoundtableMarch 14, 2013



Discussion TopicsKey provisions of SB 1298 (Chapter 570, Statutes of 2012)

High-level overview of the approach to developing autonomous vehicle regulations2


SB 1298 – Key DefinitionsAutonomous technologyTechnology that can drive a vehicle without the active physical control or monitoring by a human operator.

Autonomous vehicleAny vehicle equipped with autonomous technology that is capable of fully driving the vehicle.OperatorA person who causes the autonomous technology to engage.ManufacturerA person that originally manufactures a vehicle and equips it with autonomous technology.


, a person that modifies a vehicle by installing autonomous technology for conversion to an autonomous vehicle after the vehicle was originally manufactured.



Manufacturers’ Testing RequirementsSB 1298 authorizes

an autonomous vehicle to be operated on public roads for testing purposes by a driver who possesses the proper class of license, if the following conditions are met:Manufacturer must provide evidence to DMV of having obtained insurance, surety bond, or proof of self-insurance in the amount of $5 million, pursuant to regulations adopted by DMV. The autonomous vehicle is operated on roads solely by employees, contractors, or persons designated by the manufacturer.Driver must be seated in the driver’s seat and must be capable of taking over immediate manual control.



Operation By The PublicAn autonomous vehicle is prohibited to be operated on public roads by the public until the manufacturer submits

to DMV their application certifying they meet all testing requirements and safety standards and until DMV approves the application.The manufacturer must certify that they:Meet the specified safety standards. Maintain

insurance, bond or self-insurance of $5 million.


the autonomous

technology on public



with testing standards, if




Scope of RegulationsAs soon as practicable, but no later than January 1, 2015, DMV must adopt regulations setting forth the requirements below.

Submission of the evidence of insurance, surety bond, or self-insurance required for testing.Submission and approval of the application to operate beyond testing. DMV may establish additional requirements via regulations, in consultation with CHP and UC Berkeley, that are deemed necessary to ensure safe operation of autonomous vehicles on public




Regulations Development ApproachDMV anticipates developing two Regulatory Packages

:Regulatory Package 1 – Targeted for adoption in early 2014Regulatory Package 2 – Targeted for adoption by December 2014Public Participation

An introductory Pre-Notice Workshop is planned

for Spring

2013 and will



public input on all autonomous


regulations topics.

A Public

Hearing will


held for each Regulatory







Thank you!

Denise BurroughsAssistant Branch Chief/Program ManagerLicensing Operations

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