PennDOT Issues Voluntary Guidance For Autonomous Vehicles

Imitative aims to boost safety until lawmakers take action

Joe DeStio
July 24, 2018 - 11:15 am

HARRISBURG (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — For the first time, Pennsylvania is getting rules for operation of self- driving cars and trucks in the state.

They come as Uber hopes to restart autonomous vehicle testing on the streets of Pittsburgh before the end of the summer.

The new voluntary rules published by PennDOT govern things like safety driver training and requiring companies to have a safety and risk management plan.

“We are taking an active role in ensuring HAV (Highly Automated Vehicle) testing is done as safely as possible,” according to PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards in a statement.

“While we await legislative action on our request for permanent authorization, our new guidance underscores our expectation that companies are taking every possible step to prepare their vehicles and personnel for on-the-road testing.”

PennDOT would issue an authorization letter good for one year with annual renewals. Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto hopes to get companies testing autonomous vehicles in the city to agree to a 25 mile an hour speed limit. That requirement is not in the state's rules.

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