Both legislative chambers in Harrisburg have approved a bill that permits driverless vehicles, that is, vehicles that can drive autonomously without a human inside, on public roads in Pennsylvania, writes Nate Doughty for the Philadelphia Business Journal.
The bill is now headed to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk for final passage, something he said he would do back in April.
Once the bill receives this final approval, it will amend Pennsylvania’s Title 75 Motor Vehicle Code to no longer require any human presence inside a highly automated vehicle when it is undergoing testing on public roadways.
With this bill, Pennsylvania joins a dozen other states that permit similar arrangements when testing autonomous vehicles. The requirements also state that autonomous vehicle certificate holders must have insurance coverage of a minimum of $1 million.
The bipartisan driverless vehicle bill’s passage is the result of the work of a coalition of advocates, including autonomous vehicle companies, research firms, universities, and PennDOT.
“Pennsylvania has become a hub for tech investment and innovation, and this bill takes a giant step toward cementing us as a prime location for companies to design, build and export automated vehicles across the nation and around the world,” said Pennsylvania Chamber President and CEO Luke Bernstein. Read more about the bill in the Philadelphia Business Journal.