Breakout 22: Legal and Policy Approaches: Finding the Right Balance on Legislating for Automated Veh

Breakout 22: Legal and Policy Approaches: Finding the Right Balance on Legislating for Automated Vehicles

Wednesday, July 12, 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Franciscan C&D


  • Carl Andersen, U.S. DOT Federal Highway Administration 
  • Amitai Bin-Nun, Securing America's Future Energy 
  • Baruch Feigenbaum, Reason Foundation
  • Dov Friedman, Securing America’s Future Energy
  • Ginger Goodin, Texas A&M Transportation Institute
  • Anita Kim, U.S. DOT Volpe Center 
  • Shawn Kimmel, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Nira Pandya, UC Berkeley Law
  • Ellen Partridge, Environmental Law Policy Center
  • Karlyn Stanley, RAND
  • Tammy Trimble, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
  • Bryant Walker Smith, University of South Carolina

States are taking different approaches towards developing and enacting legislation specific to automated vehicles (AV). While some have defined clear and explicit rules for testing and operation of AVs on public roads, others have adopted a more ‘hands-off’ approach and avoided legislating in this area. Last year, the U.S. Department of Transportation released a model state policy to guide state and local agencies. In addition, several legal associations have started their own initiatives on developing model state legislation regarding AVs. The goal of this session is to bring together the various groups working on or influencing legislation development and to dive into a discussion on how to develop a framework and potentially desirable elements of effective legislation for AVs.


1:30 PM – 3:00 PM “Speed Dating”
Moderated by Bryant Walker Smith

Because so much work has been done in the last year, this session will present a quick overview of who is doing what through a "speed-dating" round. Presenters, from ten organizations, will make a very short presentation on what their organization is doing (e.g., developing principles, drafting legislative language, convening, etc.), and their key policy wish from Federal, State or local government, or standards development organizations.
Following the brief presentations, the presenters will join a table with audience members and have a sparkling "speed-dating" conversation. Presenters will continue to rotate to other tables for new conversation every 5-10 minutes. Presenters include:

  • James Fackler, Vice-chair of AAMVA’s AV Working Group
  • Lindsay Beaver, Legislative Counsel for the ULC AV project
  • David Kidd, Ph.D., IIHS Senior Research Scientist 
  • Mollie Pelon, NACTO
  • Russ Martin, Director of Government Relations for GHSA 
  • Art Guzzetti, APTA
  • Mark Norman, TRB
  • Anne Marie Lewis, Auto Alliance
  • Jack Pokrzywa, SAE

3:00 – 3:15PM Break

3:15 PM – 4:15 PM Developing Legislation: A Panel of State Elected Officials
This panel includes representative from states that have been involved in developing automated vehicle legislation. The panel will discuss their perspective and challenges with crafting legislation and offer insight into their state’s experience.

  • Senator Jeff Brandes, Florida State Senate, Chair, Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation
  • Representative Jeff Bridges, Colorado General Assembly
  • Senator Jon Lundberg, Tennessee State Senate, Vice Chair, Government Operations Committee
  • Assemblyman Jim Wheeler, Nevada (invited)
  • CA State Assembly member Susan Bonilla (retired), CA Director of Council for a Strong America

4:15 PM – 5:30 PM Harmonizing AV Legislation: Interactive Breakout
This session includes an interactive discussion on developing uniform legislation regarding AVs. This discussion will focus on key topics, such as local preemption, state regulatory rules, and operational challenges. The session will draw upon the expertise from both the previous panel and the audience to discuss the benefits and pitfalls of various elements of automated vehicle legislation.

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