INDUSTRY EMBRACES NEW NV AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE LAW
LAS VEGAS, N.V. (June 19, 2017) – Nevada’s dedication to fostering innovative industries has gained new strength through the recent passage of AB 69, a bill targeted to enhance the State’s efforts in autonomous vehicle policy, research and development – including the testing and operation of fully autonomous vehicles.
AB 69 passed the Nevada Legislature with wide industry support with General Motors, the Self-Driving Coalition (Waymo, Uber, Lyft, Ford, Volvo), and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers testifying in support of the bill. The measure was signed into law by Governor Brian Sandoval on June 16, 2017.
“Nevada is redefining transportation, and AB 69 is the new gateway to ensure that our State is the leader in the future of fully autonomous vehicles,” said Governor Brian Sandoval. “With safety at the forefront, we have created the opportunity for innovative companies to not only test and operate their autonomous vehicles in our state, but also to conduct the research and development, in partnership with our universities, that will move driverless technology from exciting concept to reality.”
“Under Governor Sandoval’s charge, Nevada has demonstrated that our state is innovative, nimble, and responsive to industry,” said Steve Hill, Director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. “In working closely with industry, this legislation was crafted to ensure safety is and would remain the paramount focus in fostering the driverless industry. Through that, Nevada is quite simply the place to be for testing and deploying this exciting, safety-enhancing technology.”
Key takeaways of AB 69:
• Allows for testing and operations of fully autonomous vehicles
• Simplifies and clarifies the legal authority for entities testing or operating autonomous vehicles in Nevada
• Authorizes commercial use of fully autonomous vehicles
• Authorizes testing and operations of driver-assistive platooning technologies
“With this new law supporting self-driving vehicles, the Nevada legislature and Governor Sandoval have taken a big step forward in making the Silver State a leader in the development of this breakthrough technology. We hope other states follow Nevada's lead,” said Paul Hemmersbaugh, Chief Counsel and Public Policy Director, Transportation as a Service, at General Motors. “This legislation establishes Nevada as a leader in embracing self-driving vehicles and puts the people of Nevada at the forefront for the opportunity to realize the many benefits of self-driving vehicles – most importantly, enhancing safety by reducing crashes caused by human error and behavior.”
“AB 69 is an important step forward for self-driving in Nevada. We applaud Governor Sandoval and state lawmakers for enacting this crucial legislation, which will update existing statutes to permit the testing and commercial public deployment of fully self-driving vehicles while also supporting innovation and promoting competition," said David Strickland, general counsel for the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets which is comprised by Ford, Lyft, Uber, Volvo Cars and Waymo (formerly the Google self-driving car project).
"Peloton Technology appreciates the leadership of the State of Nevada in fostering innovation in vehicle technology. AB 69 authorizes deployment of driver-assistive truck platooning technology, thereby enabling efficiency and safety gains for truck fleets and drivers in Nevada. We thank the Governor, legislature, and key stakeholders like the Nevada Trucking Association for working collaboratively in this effort." – Josh Switkes, Founder and CEO, Peloton Technology
“Safety is a shared responsibility, and our industry’s ability to advance important Automated Driving System (ADS) technology depends on a public policy balance that recognizes and supports innovation. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers are appreciative of Governor Sandoval’s leadership and outreach to develop legislation that includes local pre-emption, adopts definitions that track our industry’s SAE definitions, and allows for thorough testing activities to include a wide variety of climates, terrain, and traffic density, among many other variables.” – The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
The legislation was introduced by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, and received bipartisan votes for passage out of the Nevada Legislature on June 4.
About the Governor’s Office of Economic Development:
Created during the 2011 session of the Nevada Legislature, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) is the result of a collaborative effort between the Nevada Legislature and Governor Brian Sandoval to restructure economic development in the state. GOED’s role is to promote a robust, diversified and prosperous economy in Nevada, to stimulate business expansion and retention, encourage entrepreneurial enterprise, attract new businesses and facilitate community development. More information on the Governor’s Office of Economic Development can be viewed at www.diversifynevada.com .