|By Jessica Holdman, The Bismarck Tribune, N.D.|
The bill's author, Rep.
Regulations would have included proof of insurance, bonding of a testing facility, a driver to take over manning the vehicle in case of emergency and others set by the
Industry representatives testified against the suggested regulations during the committee hearing, warning they could stifle testing even though testing continues in the four other states where regulations exist.
CNATCA wants to create a north-south corridor stretching from
The vehicles navigate using a series of radar-like sensors and GPS technology. Anderson testified about his experience riding in a UAV in
"If I had been driving myself I think I would have had an accident," he told the committee.
In addition to the added safety, autonomous vehicles would also eliminate the need for hourly driving limits regulating manned commercial vehicles now.
Anderson said autonomous vehicles still need to be tested in winter conditions and said that opens an opportunity for
Legislators agreed autonomous vehicle testing is something the state should try to take advantage of but said there is nothing preventing testing in the state now, ultimately deciding to hold off on any kind of regulation.
The bill will now go to the House for a vote by the assembly.
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