An Act To Enact the Automated Driving Safety Act
Sec. 1. 29-A MRSA c. 25 is enacted to read:
AUTOMATED DRIVING SAFETY ACT
§ 2701. Short title
This chapter may be known and cited as "the Automated Driving Safety Act."
§ 2702. Definitions
As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms have the following meanings.
"Dynamic driving task" does not include functions such as trip scheduling and selection of a destination or a waypoint.
§ 2703. Registration of automated vehicles
§ 2704. Licensure of operators of automated vehicles
(1) An instrument of insurance issued by an insurer with a valid certificate of authority issued by the Superintendent of Insurance under Title 24-A, section 404;
(2) A surety bond issued by an authorized surety insurer or an eligible surplus lines insurer; or
(3) Proof of self-insurance in a form and manner determined by the Secretary of State; and
(1) Consents that all matters arising from the operation of the automated vehicle be subject to the jurisdiction of the State;
(2) Maintains a registered office and a registered agent in the State to accept service of process; and
(3) Provides to the Secretary of State the name of the registered agent and address of the registered office.
§ 2705. Liability
§ 2706. Rules
The Secretary of State shall adopt rules to carry out the provisions of this chapter. Rules adopted pursuant to this section are routine technical rules as defined by Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.
This bill establishes the Automated Driving Safety Act, which provides standards for the registration of automated vehicles, the licensure of automated vehicle operators and the liability of the operators and providers of automated vehicles, including:
1. Defining a provider for an automated vehicle as an individual, organization or joint enterprise that controls an automated driving system of an automated vehicle for testing or deployment of the automated vehicle on a public way;
2. Requiring the Secretary of State to record on the automated vehicle's registration that the vehicle is an automated vehicle and the identity of the provider for the automated vehicle;
3. Requiring the Secretary of State to terminate the registration or refuse to register or renew a registration of an automated vehicle that has been modified or has had its automated driving system modified or that the Secretary of State determines is unsafe or unfit for operation on a public way;
4. Providing that the automated vehicle has 2 operators, an individual operator when the automated driving system is not engaged and the provider as the operator when the automated driving system is engaged, and, under most instances, that the applicable operator is responsible for the proper operation of the automated vehicle and is liable for an infraction, offense or negligence resulting in bodily injury, death or property damage; and
5. Requiring, if an automated vehicle is involved in an accident while the automated driving system is engaged, that pursuant to the provisions of law regarding motor vehicle accident reports, the automated vehicle not be moved and that the provider immediately contact the applicable law enforcement agency, inform the law enforcement agency that the automated driving system was engaged at the time of the accident and transmit electronically or by the fastest means available the financial responsibility information required for the vehicle.