Utah: Driverless vehicle bill HB101 headed to full Senate

A bill giving the green light to driverless vehicles on Utah roads moved unanimously through the Senate Transportation, Public Utilities, Energy and Technology Committee Monday.

“This is the beginning,” the Senate sponsor of HB101, Sen. Gregg Buxton, R-Roy, told the committee, describing autonomous vehicle technology as helping to save “tens of thousands” of lives now lost to accidents caused by human error.

Intended to set the state up to deal with the legal ramifications of semi-autonomous and, eventually, fully autonomous vehicles, the bill sponsored by Rep. Robert Spendlove, R-Sandy, has been in the works for four years.