Coordinating State Policies, Laws, and Regulations for Automated Driving Systems across New England
Automated Driving System (ADS)-equipped vehicles may challenge existing regulatory and governance structures. For this reason, states have been encouraged to and are actively preparing for their testing and deployment through the review of existing policies, laws, and regulations around vehicle operations. The purpose of this report is to identify legal issues and provide recommendations on how the New England States (“NE States”) can coordinate on a uniform, or more consistent, policy, statutory and regulatory approach to support multi-state deployment of ADS-equipped vehicles across the region. The coordinated research and visioning that has been invested in and completed by the NE States provides a strong foundation for the continued collaboration to bring increased testing and deployment of ADS-equipped vehicles to the region.
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- Coordinating State, Policies, Laws, and Regulations for Automated Driving Systems across New England
Investigate Potential Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) Liability Issues Within TxDOT
Connected and automated vehicles (CAV) promise momentous and positive changes to most aspects of modern life. Mobility is likely to be characterized by collaborative, communicative and driverless vehicles operating in a connected network of vehicles, infrastructure and wireless devices. One of the most uncertain and as yet undefined areas where change can be expected is legislation surrounding the licensing and operation of these technologies. Questions of liability dominate research and conversation about how to manage new mobility paradigms, including in areas of state and local government tort liability. And although governmental entities typically enjoy some level of sovereign immunity, there are areas identified in state law where they have limited liability for specific torts. This research project identifies potential tort liability for the Receiving Agency and other governmental agencies associated with CAV technologies. The Performing Agency shall provide foundational research necessary for the Receiving Agency to proactively identify, assess and address legal liabilities that may arise under current law and legal liabilities that may arise under new law as the result of CAV implementations.