Pennsylvania will remain an integral player in the development of self-driving vehicles, but ensuring that the roads are safe must be the state’s top priority, said PennDOT secretary Leslie Richards on Monday as she announced interim regulations for the industry.
“We believe that you need to know what are the rules here in Pennsylvania and what are we expecting,” she said. “What do we need in order to again to make sure that this technology matures in a way that helps everybody.”
At this point, however, the rules are voluntary, as PennDOT can only urge companies to adhere to them. The Pennsylvania legislature must write the new regulations into law before they can be enforced. Both the House and Senate have bills to do so. In the meantime, Richards said she’s confident that the industry will work with PennDOT.
“The intent of these policies is to move this technology forward, the intent is not to slow it down or halt it, but to make sure that it moves forward in a very safe manner,” she said.