Washington State Bill SB5460 creates legal definition of driverless cars

The Washington State Transportation Commission (WTSC)’s Autonomous Vehicle Work Group has for several years looked at how to effectively regulate driverless cars operating on public roads in a way that ensures public safety while not impeding testing and deployment. Now, SB 5460 sponsored by Sen. Joe Nguyen (D-34) would create a legal definition for driverless cars operating in the state, though some stakeholders testifying at a Feb. 18 public hearing in the Senate Transportation Committee opposed provisions that would give the state Department of Licensing (DOL) additional rulemaking authority.