Legislation sponsored by New Jersey Assembly Democrats Daniel Benson, 14th District; Andrew Zwicker, 16th District; and Pamela Lampitt, 6th District, to establish a task force to evaluate autonomous vehicles was approved on Thursday by the full Assembly.
The measure, Assembly Joint Resolution 164, would create the New Jersey Advanced Autonomous Vehicle Task Force, comprised of eight members. The group would be responsible for conducting a study of autonomous vehicles and recommending laws, rules, and regulations the state may enact to safely integrate these vehicles on the roads.
An advanced autonomous vehicle would be defined as a motor vehicle with a driving automation level of three, four, or five, as defined by the Society of Automotive Engineers International, and used by the United States Department of Transportation for autonomous vehicle policy guidance.
Level three vehicles are classified as having conditional automation, during which an autonomous system operates under certain conditions with human drivers as a back-up; level four vehicles have high automation, such as Google’s test cars; and level five cars are fully automated and do not have a steering wheel.
The task force will be comprised of the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Transportation, the Chief Administrator of the Motor Vehicle Commission, the Director of the Division of Highway Traffic Safety in the Department of Law and Public Safety, three public members appointed by Gov. Phil Murphy including a member who was recommended by the Division of Banking and Insurance, one public member appointed by the Senate President, and one public member appointed by the Speaker of the General Assembly.
The group would be required to meet within 90 days after the bill’s effective date, and again within 180 days of the first meeting. It would be required to issue a report to Murphy and the Legislature evaluating safety standards and recommending best practices. The New Jersey MVC and the DOT would be required to assist the task force with necessary duties.