Nebraska lawmakers consider how to manage driverless vehicles

Driverless vehicles, more formally described as autonomous vehicles, were subjected to close examination Monday by the Legislature’s Transportation and Telecommunications Committee as it considered how to implement legislation that has authorized autonomous vehicles to operate on Nebraska’s roadways.

The committee already has identified 26 issues that need to be examined.

The authorizing legislation, introduced by Sen. Anna Wishart of Lincoln, was originally designed to give Lincoln authority to operate four driverless downtown shuttles as part of an experimental pilot project.

But it was subsequently broadened on the floor of the Legislature to authorize driverless vehicles to operate on roads statewide and was enacted earlier this year.