New Texas Law Will Allow Automated Vehicles To Operate On Texas Highways

A new Texas law will allow for automated motor vehicles to operate on Texas highways as long as they are capable of complying with traffic laws as well as federal motor vehicle safety standards.

Texas governor Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 2205 into law Thursday.
It places responsibility for complying with traffic laws on the owner of the system, regardless of whether that person is actually in the vehicle.

Automated vehicles must also have an onboard recording device that measures velocity, location and steering and brake performance.
Liability insurance is mandated as it is for every other vehicle on Texas roadways.

Supporters say the law will pave the way for manufacturers and developers to test autonomous vehicles while preserving public safety.
Some opponents say the law could inhibit the development of new technology and that the market should be allowed to regulate itself.

Meanwhile.. other opponents believe standard liability insurance limits will not be enough to cover potential damage and higher policy limits should be required.
The law goes into effect on September 1st.


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