'Not a matter of if... but when': Kentucky lawmakers reboot efforts to craft autonomous vehicle legislation
A Kentucky lawmaker is working to establish a task force to examine the issue of autonomous vehicles on state roadways.
During a committee meeting Wednesday, Rep. John Blanton said, in light of the recent California decision to suspend a San Francisco driverless taxi service over pedestrian safety concerns, the issue deserves more study in Kentucky.
And he’s proposing a way to get the process started.
"This is not something that's immediate. We're still a few years out. And let's understand something. It's not a matter of if we're going to have these. It's a matter of when we get them, so let's make sure we get them right," Blanton said.
Legislation establishing a framework for self-driving cars was passed by the GOP-led General Assembly this year, but was vetoed after the legislative session by Gov. Beshear – who said the bill was “ambiguous and broad” and did not include specifics about implementation and monitoring. He also cited safety and security concerns.
Lawmakers could take up the issue again in 2024.