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SB 1298 - An Act to Add Division 16.6 (Commencing with Section 38750) to the Vehicle Code, Relating to Vehicles.

Vehicles: autonomous vehicles: safety and performance requirements. 2011-2012 Legislature. View bill details
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Summary:
Existing law requires the Department of the California Highway Patrol to adopt rules and regulations that are designed to promote the safe operation of specific vehicles, including, among other things, schoolbuses and commercial motor vehicles. Existing law also requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to register vehicles that are being operated in this state and to issue a license plate to an… More
Existing law requires the Department of the California Highway Patrol to adopt rules and regulations that are designed to promote the safe operation of specific vehicles, including, among other things, schoolbuses and commercial motor vehicles. Existing law also requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to register vehicles that are being operated in this state and to issue a license plate to an applicant for the operation and identification of that person’s vehicle.

This bill would authorize the operation of an autonomous vehicle, as defined, on public roads for testing purposes, by a driver who possesses the proper class of license for the type of vehicle being operated if specified requirements are met, including that the driver be seated in the driver’s seat, monitoring the safe operation of the autonomous vehicle, and capable of taking over immediate manual control of the autonomous vehicle in the event of an autonomous technology failure or other emergency. The bill would prohibit, except as provided for testing purposes, the operation of such a vehicle on public roads until the manufacturer submits an application to the department that includes various certifications, including a certification that the autonomous technology satisfies certain requirements, and the application is approved by the department pursuant to the regulations that the department would be required to adopt. The bill would require one of the certifications to specify that the autonomous vehicle’s technology meets Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for the vehicle’s model year and all other applicable safety standards and performance requirements set forth in state and federal law and the regulations promulgated pursuant to those laws.

The bill would require that the Department of Motor Vehicles adopt regulations as soon as practicable, but no later than January 1, 2015, setting forth requirements for the submission of evidence of insurance, surety bond, or self-insurance required by the bill and requirements for the submission or approval of an application to operate an autonomous vehicle, including any testing, equipment, or performance standards, as specified, and to hold public hearings on the adoption of any regulation applicable to the operation of an autonomous vehicle without the presence of a driver inside the vehicle. The bill would provide that federal regulations promulgated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration supersede state law or regulation when found to be in conflict.

The bill would require the department to approve an application submitted by a manufacturer upon making specified findings and would authorize the department to impose additional requirements if the application seeks approval for autonomous vehicles where there is no person in the driver’s seat. The bill would also require the department to notify the Legislature of the receipt of an application from a manufacturer seeking approval to operate an autonomous vehicle capable of operating without the presence of a driver inside the vehicle and the approval of the application. The bill would provide that approval of the application is effective no sooner than 180 days after the date the application is submitted.

The department would be authorized to charge a fee for the application in an amount necessary to recover all costs reasonably incurred by the department. Hide
 
Status:
The bill has become law (chaptered). 
Senate Vote: On Passage

PASSED on August 29, 2012.

voted YES: 33 voted NO: 0
7 voted present/not voting

An Act to Add Division 16.6 (Commencing with Section 38750) to the Vehicle Code, Relating to Vehicles.

SB 1298 — 2011-2012 Legislature

Summary
Existing law requires the Department of the California Highway Patrol to adopt rules and regulations that are designed to promote the safe operation of specific vehicles, including, among other things, schoolbuses and commercial motor vehicles. Existing law also requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to register vehicles that are being operated in this state and to issue a license plate to an applicant for the operation and identification of that person’s vehicle.

This bill would authorize the operation of an autonomous vehicle, as defined, on public roads for testing purposes, by a driver who possesses the proper class of license for the type of vehicle being operated if specified requirements are met, including that the driver be seated in the driver’s seat, monitoring the safe operation of the autonomous vehicle, and capable of taking over immediate manual control of the autonomous vehicle in the event of an autonomous technology failure or other emergency. The bill would prohibit, except as provided for testing purposes, the operation of such a vehicle on public roads until the manufacturer submits an application to the department that includes various… More
Existing law requires the Department of the California Highway Patrol to adopt rules and regulations that are designed to promote the safe operation of specific vehicles, including, among other things, schoolbuses and commercial motor vehicles. Existing law also requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to register vehicles that are being operated in this state and to issue a license plate to an applicant for the operation and identification of that person’s vehicle.

This bill would authorize the operation of an autonomous vehicle, as defined, on public roads for testing purposes, by a driver who possesses the proper class of license for the type of vehicle being operated if specified requirements are met, including that the driver be seated in the driver’s seat, monitoring the safe operation of the autonomous vehicle, and capable of taking over immediate manual control of the autonomous vehicle in the event of an autonomous technology failure or other emergency. The bill would prohibit, except as provided for testing purposes, the operation of such a vehicle on public roads until the manufacturer submits an application to the department that includes various certifications, including a certification that the autonomous technology satisfies certain requirements, and the application is approved by the department pursuant to the regulations that the department would be required to adopt. The bill would require one of the certifications to specify that the autonomous vehicle’s technology meets Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for the vehicle’s model year and all other applicable safety standards and performance requirements set forth in state and federal law and the regulations promulgated pursuant to those laws.

The bill would require that the Department of Motor Vehicles adopt regulations as soon as practicable, but no later than January 1, 2015, setting forth requirements for the submission of evidence of insurance, surety bond, or self-insurance required by the bill and requirements for the submission or approval of an application to operate an autonomous vehicle, including any testing, equipment, or performance standards, as specified, and to hold public hearings on the adoption of any regulation applicable to the operation of an autonomous vehicle without the presence of a driver inside the vehicle. The bill would provide that federal regulations promulgated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration supersede state law or regulation when found to be in conflict.

The bill would require the department to approve an application submitted by a manufacturer upon making specified findings and would authorize the department to impose additional requirements if the application seeks approval for autonomous vehicles where there is no person in the driver’s seat. The bill would also require the department to notify the Legislature of the receipt of an application from a manufacturer seeking approval to operate an autonomous vehicle capable of operating without the presence of a driver inside the vehicle and the approval of the application. The bill would provide that approval of the application is effective no sooner than 180 days after the date the application is submitted.

The department would be authorized to charge a fee for the application in an amount necessary to recover all costs reasonably incurred by the department. Hide
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Title
An Act to Add Division 16.6 (Commencing with Section 38750) to the Vehicle Code, Relating to Vehicles.
Author(s)
Alex Padilla
Co-Authors
    Subjects
    • Vehicles: autonomous vehicles: safety and performance requirements
    Major Actions
    Introduced2/23/2012
    Referred to Committee
    Passed Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing4/10/2012
    Passed Senate5/21/2012
    Passed Assembly Committee on Transportation7/02/2012
    Passed Assembly Committee on Appropriations8/16/2012
    Passed Assembly8/24/2012
    Passed Assembly8/28/2012
    Passed Senate8/29/2012
    Presented to the governor (enrolled)9/06/2012
    Became law (chaptered).9/25/2012
    Bill History
    Chamber/CommitteeMotionDateResult
    select this voteSenate Committee on Transportation and HousingDo pass as amended, and re-refer to the Committee on Rules.4/10/2012This motion PASSED the Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing
    8 voted YES 0 voted NO 1 voted present/not voting
    select this voteSenateSenate 3rd Reading SB1298 Padilla5/21/2012This bill PASSED the Senate
    37 voted YES 0 voted NO 3 voted present/not voting
    select this voteAssembly Committee on TransportationDo pass as amended and be re-referred to the Committee on Appropriations.7/02/2012This motion PASSED the Assembly Committee on Transportation
    13 voted YES 0 voted NO 1 voted present/not voting
    select this voteAssembly Committee on AppropriationsDo pass as amended.8/16/2012This motion PASSED the Assembly Committee on Appropriations
    12 voted YES 0 voted NO 5 voted present/not voting
    select this voteAssemblySB 1298 Padilla Senate Third Reading By BLUMENFIELD Amend By BLUMENFIELD Set #18/24/2012This bill PASSED the Assembly
    51 voted YES 25 voted NO 4 voted present/not voting
    select this voteAssemblySB 1298 Padilla Senate Third Reading By BLUMENFIELD8/28/2012This bill PASSED the Assembly
    74 voted YES 2 voted NO 4 voted present/not voting
    currently selectedSenateUnfinished Business SB1298 Padilla Concurrence8/29/2012This bill PASSED the Senate
    33 voted YES 0 voted NO 7 voted present/not voting
    ActionDateDescription
    Introduced2/23/2012
    2/23/2012Introduced. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment. To print.
    2/24/2012From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 25.
    3/08/2012Referred to Com. on T. & H.
    3/09/2012Set for hearing March 27.
    3/20/2012Set, first hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.
    3/27/2012Set for hearing April 10.
    4/09/2012From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on T. & H.
    select this voteVote4/10/2012Do pass as amended, and re-refer to the Committee on Rules.
    4/12/2012From committee: Do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on RLS. (Ayes 8. Noes 0. Page 3123.) (April 10).
    4/16/2012Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on RLS.
    4/19/2012Re-referred to Com. on INS. Withdrawn from committee. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
    5/04/2012Set for hearing May 14.
    5/15/2012From committee: Be placed on second reading file pursuant to Senate Rule 28.8.
    5/16/2012Read second time. Ordered to third reading.
    5/21/2012Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 37. Noes 0. Page 3555.) Ordered to the Assembly.
    5/21/2012In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk.
    select this voteSenate Vote on Passage5/21/2012Senate 3rd Reading SB1298 Padilla
    6/04/2012Referred to Com. on TRANS.
    6/18/2012Set, first hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.
    6/19/2012From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on TRANS.
    6/25/2012Testimony taken. Hearing postponed by committee.
    select this voteVote7/02/2012Do pass as amended and be re-referred to the Committee on Appropriations.
    8/06/2012From committee: Do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 13. Noes 0.) (July 2).
    8/07/2012Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
    8/16/2012Set, first hearing. Referred to APPR. suspense file. From committee: Do pass as amended. (Ayes 12. Noes 0.) (August 16).
    select this voteVote8/16/2012Do pass as amended.
    8/20/2012Read second time and amended. Ordered to second reading.
    8/21/2012Read second time. Ordered to third reading.
    8/24/2012Read third time and amended. (Ayes 51. Noes 25. Page 6262.) Ordered to third reading.
    select this voteAssembly Vote on Passage8/24/2012SB 1298 Padilla Senate Third Reading By BLUMENFIELD Amend By BLUMENFIELD Set #1
    8/28/2012Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 74. Noes 2. Page 6459.) Ordered to the Senate.
    8/28/2012In Senate. Concurrence in Assembly amendments pending.
    select this voteAssembly Vote on Passage8/28/2012SB 1298 Padilla Senate Third Reading By BLUMENFIELD
    8/29/2012Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 33. Noes 0. Page 4980.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
    currently selectedSenate Vote on Passage8/29/2012Unfinished Business SB1298 Padilla Concurrence
    9/06/2012Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
    9/25/2012Approved by the Governor.
    9/25/2012Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 570, Statutes of 2012.

    Total contributions given to Senators from interest groups that…

    25 times as much
    $102,900
    $1,086,709
    $181,399
    $58,500
    $290,523
    $691,265
    $2,411,297
    $95,164
    $0
    $95,164
    6 Organizations Supported and 3 Opposed; See Which Ones

    Organizations that took a position on
    An Act to Add Division 16.6 (Commencing with Section 38750) to the Vehicle Code, Relating to Vehicles.: Unfinished Business SB1298 Padilla Concurrence

    6 organizations supported this bill

    Automobile Club of Southern California
    Senate Rules Committee (2012, August 29). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 14, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
    California Foundation for Independent Living Centers
    Senate Rules Committee (2012, August 29). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 14, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
    Google
    Senate Rules Committee (2012, August 29). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 14, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
    Personal Insurance Federation of California
    Senate Rules Committee (2012, August 29). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 14, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
    TechAmerica
    Senate Rules Committee (2012, August 29). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 14, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
    TechNet
    Senate Rules Committee (2012, August 29). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 14, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.

    3 organizations opposed this bill

    Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
    Assembly Committee on Transportation (2012, June 29). Assembly Committee Analysis. Retrieved April 19, 2013, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
    Association of Global Automakers
    Assembly Committee on Transportation (2012, June 29). Assembly Committee Analysis. Retrieved April 19, 2013, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
    Consumer Alert
    Assembly Committee on Transportation (2012, June 29). Assembly Committee Analysis. Retrieved April 19, 2013, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.

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    Includes reported contributions to campaigns of Senators in office on day of vote, from interest groups invested in the vote according to MapLight, January 1, 2009 – December 31, 2012.
    Contributions data source: FollowTheMoney.org

    Contributions by Legislator

    Namesort iconPartyDistrict$ From Interest Groups
    That Supported
    $ From Interest Groups
    That Opposed
    Vote
    Elaine AlquistDCA-13$10,900$0
    Joel AndersonRCA-36$102,450$0
    Tom BerryhillRCA-14$69,750$0
    Sam BlakesleeRCA-15$0$0
    Ron CalderonDCA-30$74,600$3,000
    Anthony CannellaRCA-12$69,700$4,500
    Ellen CorbettDCA-10$9,600$0
    Lou CorreaDCA-34$68,844$2,500
    Kevin De LeonDCA-22$121,983$5,000
    Mark DeSaulnierDCA-7$32,550$3,500
    Bob DuttonRCA-31$50,800$3,664
    Bill EmmersonRCA-37$58,775$5,500
    Noreen EvansDCA-2$33,850$0
    Jean FullerRCA-18$51,675$0
    Ted GainesRCA-1$190,875$6,500
    Loni HancockDCA-9$7,500$0
    Tom HarmanRCA-35$67,850$0
    Ed HernandezDCA-24$146,169$6,000
    Bob HuffRCA-29$99,100$10,450
    Christine KehoeDCA-39$11,100$0
    Doug La MalfaRCA-4$23,400$0
    Mark LenoDCA-3$23,219$0
    Ted LieuDCA-28$110,400$5,500
    Carol LiuDCA-21$27,800$0
    Alan LowenthalDCA-27$0$0
    Gloria Negrete McLeodDCA-32$56,165$1,500
    Alex PadillaDCA-20$52,900$3,500
    Fran PavleyDCA-23$11,400$2,000
    Curren PriceDCA-26$70,700$5,300
    Michael RubioDCA-16$87,832$6,000
    Sharon RunnerRCA-17$7,900$0
    Joe SimitianDCA-11$4,500$0
    Darrell SteinbergDCA-6$82,050$0
    Tony StricklandRCA-19$117,107$0
    Juan VargasDCA-40$138,300$7,750
    Mimi WaltersRCA-33$98,475$4,500
    Lois WolkDCA-5$40,000$0
    Rod WrightDCA-25$91,007$7,000
    Mark WylandRCA-38$42,850$1,500
    Leland YeeDCA-8$47,221$0

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    NamePartyDistrict$ From Interest Groups
    That Supported
    $ From Interest Groups
    That Opposed
    Vote
    Elaine AlquistDCA-13$10,900$0
    Joel AndersonRCA-36$102,450$0
    Tom BerryhillRCA-14$69,750$0
    Sam BlakesleeRCA-15$0$0
    Ron CalderonDCA-30$74,600$3,000
    Anthony CannellaRCA-12$69,700$4,500
    Ellen CorbettDCA-10$9,600$0
    Lou CorreaDCA-34$68,844$2,500
    Kevin De LeonDCA-22$121,983$5,000
    Mark DeSaulnierDCA-7$32,550$3,500
    Bob DuttonRCA-31$50,800$3,664
    Bill EmmersonRCA-37$58,775$5,500
    Noreen EvansDCA-2$33,850$0
    Jean FullerRCA-18$51,675$0
    Ted GainesRCA-1$190,875$6,500
    Loni HancockDCA-9$7,500$0
    Tom HarmanRCA-35$67,850$0
    Ed HernandezDCA-24$146,169$6,000
    Bob HuffRCA-29$99,100$10,450
    Christine KehoeDCA-39$11,100$0
    Doug La MalfaRCA-4$23,400$0
    Mark LenoDCA-3$23,219$0
    Ted LieuDCA-28$110,400$5,500
    Carol LiuDCA-21$27,800$0
    Alan LowenthalDCA-27$0$0
    Gloria Negrete McLeodDCA-32$56,165$1,500
    Alex PadillaDCA-20$52,900$3,500
    Fran PavleyDCA-23$11,400$2,000
    Curren PriceDCA-26$70,700$5,300
    Michael RubioDCA-16$87,832$6,000
    Sharon RunnerRCA-17$7,900$0
    Joe SimitianDCA-11$4,500$0
    Darrell SteinbergDCA-6$82,050$0
    Tony StricklandRCA-19$117,107$0
    Juan VargasDCA-40$138,300$7,750
    Mimi WaltersRCA-33$98,475$4,500
    Lois WolkDCA-5$40,000$0
    Rod WrightDCA-25$91,007$7,000
    Mark WylandRCA-38$42,850$1,500
    Leland YeeDCA-8$47,221$0

    Interest Groups that supported this bill

    $ Donated
    Property & casualty insurance$1,086,709
    Accident & health insurance$691,265
    Nursing homes$290,523
    Computer software$181,399
    Online computer services$102,900
    Computer manufacture & services$58,500

    Interest Groups that opposed this bill

    $ Donated
    Auto manufacturers$95,164
    Consumer groups$0
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