Friday June 2, 2017 0 comments
DENVER -- A new law signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper on Thursday is the first in the state’s history to address driverless vehicles, hopefully paving the way for industry innovation and testing in Colorado.
The law is based on Senate Bill 213, which had bipartisan support in both houses of state government.
Proponents of the law said they purposefully kept the bill from being too technical about how autonomous vehicles should operate other than they comply “with every state and federal law that applies to the function that the system is operating.”
The law requires all autonomous vehicle testing in the state to be approved by the Colorado State Patrol and Colorado DOT.
It also requires CDOT to report to the Legislature’s Transportation Legislation Review Committee by Sept. 1 of each year concerning the testing of automated driving systems.
The first report is due by Sept. 1, 2018.
Colorado’s autonomous driving law is the 17th in the nation to address the technology, which is expected to be publicly available within the next three years.
Driverless cars are already being road tested in California, Arizona and Michigan.