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Four Connecticut cities to test self-driving cars
NEWS12CT May 24, 2017

Four cities in Connecticut are getting ready to pilot a program for self-driving cars.

A bipartisan bill passed the state Senate to create the program and now heads to the House of Representatives.

The idea is to find if the cars can make Connecticut roads safer.
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I think it's the 4 largest cities: Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, and Stamford.
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Sen. Leone Looks to the Future with Senate Passage of Pilot Program for Self-driving Cars

May 23 2017, State Senator Carlo Leone (D-Stamford), who is the Senate Co-Chairman of the Transportation Committee, today led unanimous and bipartisan Senate passage of a bill that creates a pilot program in four Connecticut cities to test self-driving cars - a blossoming technology that is going to be a significant part of the future of the automotive industry and public transportation.

Sen. Leone said the bill is written in such a way that Stamford will be one of the first four municipalities in Connecticut to test fully autonomous vehicles, or "FAVs."

"This is the wave of the future, no doubt, and I want Stamford and other cities in Connecticut to be a part of the transportation technology revolution," Sen. Leone said. "This is going to be a very safe and structured pilot program, and in the long term I think the effects of this technology are going to be as revolutionary as the invention of the airplane or the car itself. It will also bring technology-driven investments and businesses to Connecticut to help boost our economy.

"Thirty-five thousand people died on American roadways in 2015, and most all of those deaths were attributed to human error. Imagine if we were able to reduce that number by half, or completely," Sen. Leone added. "There are also people who don't want to drive due to age or handicap or for financial reasons; FAV's can help them out. Businesses may be able to save money and become more productive. We're just scratching the surface of possibilities here."

The bill now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration. If passed there, it must be signed into law by Governor Malloy, and would take effect immediately.

The bill passed in the Senate today, Senate Bill 260, allows Connecticut to establish a pilot program for up four municipalities to allow FAV manufacturers to test FAVs on those municipalities' local roads. Once selected, a city leader would enter into a written agreement with an autonomous vehicle tester and specify what routes an FAV would take in town, identify the FAV's by vehicle identification number, make, year and model, and specify their hours of operation.

All FAV's in the pilot program would require a licensed and insured human operator in the driver's seat, monitoring the operation of the vehicle and capable of taking "immediate manual control" of the vehicle if necessary.

Under terms of the bill, a pilot FAV program could be ceased if it is determined that the testing poses a public safety risk.

The bill also creates a task force to study the use of FAVs in Connecticut, with reports due to the Transportation Committee on January 1, 2018, July 1, 2018, and January 1, 2019.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, each year the number of states considering legislation related to FAVs has gradually increased: only six states considered FAV legislation in 2012, but 33 U.S. states are considering such legislation this year. Fifteen states - Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, New York, Nevada, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and Vermont and Washington D.C. - have passed legislation related to autonomous vehicles, while governors in Arizona, Massachusetts and Wisconsin have issued executive orders related to autonomous vehicles.

Around the globe, 44 companies have invested more than $1 billion in 87 different FAV technology projects, represent a 10-fold increase in investment since 2012; 68% of those deals are with U.S. companies, mostly located in California.
 

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Bridgeport Hah! We were once the murder capitol of New England. People here drive like they never heard of Driver's Ed or Motor Vehicle Laws. They think it is perfectly acceptable to stop traffic by stopping in the middle of the street to talk to friends - or make a drug deal.

I really can't see this ending well for SDV. (or FAV)
 

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Bridgeport Hah! We were once the murder capitol of New England. People here drive like they never heard of Driver's Ed or Motor Vehicle Laws. They think it is perfectly acceptable to stop traffic by stopping in the middle of the street to talk to friends - or make a drug deal. I really can't see this ending well for SDV. (or FAV)
Sounds like a perfect place to "work out the kinks" ;) or to paraphrase Sinatra, "If SDCs can make it there, they'll make it anywhere..."

Last Thursday, the SB 260 was place onto the CT House calendar, Number 565. The current status, text, and more about SB 260 can be seen at CGA, LegiScan or OpenStates.
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General Assembly - Substitute Bill No. 260 - January Session, 2017

AN ACT CONCERNING AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (Effective October 1, 2017) (a) For the purposes of this section:

(1) "Autonomous technology" means equipment, devices or other technology installed on a motor vehicle, either by the original equipment manufacturer or an aftermarket installer, which renders the motor vehicle capable of driving or operating without the active physical control or monitoring of a human operator. Such equipment, devices or technology do not include an active safety system or any system for driver assistance, including, but not limited to, a system to provide electronic blind spot detection, crash avoidance, emergency braking, parking assistance, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assistance, lane departure warning or traffic jam and queuing assistance, unless the system, alone or in combination with any other system, enables the vehicle to drive without the active physical control or monitoring by a human operator;

(2) "Autonomous vehicle" means a motor vehicle that is equipped with autonomous technology that can operate without the active physical control or monitoring of a human operator;

(3) "Operator" means the person seated in the driver's seat of an autonomous vehicle;

(4) "Fleet service provider" means a person or entity that owns or leases an autonomous vehicle and operates such autonomous vehicle for commercial or public use;

(5) "Autonomous vehicle manufacturer" means:

(A) A person or entity that builds or sells autonomous vehicles;

(B) A person or entity that installs autonomous technology or autonomous technology components in motor vehicles that are not originally built as autonomous vehicles; or

(C) A person or entity that develops software or components for autonomous technology in autonomous vehicles, including motor vehicles that are not originally built as autonomous vehicles;

(6) "Highway" has the same meaning as defined in section 14-1 of the general statutes;

(7) "Department" means the Department of Motor Vehicles.

(b) The department, in consultation with the Department of Transportation, the Office of Policy and Management and the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, may establish a pilot program for not more than two municipalities to allow the testing of autonomous vehicles by autonomous vehicles manufacturers on the highways in such municipalities.

Sec. 2. (Effective from passage) (a) There is established a task force to study autonomous vehicles. Such study shall include, but need not be limited to, an examination of autonomous vehicles and an analysis of how such vehicles will impact the state and the state's automobile industry.

(b) The task force shall consist of the following members:

(1) One appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives;
(2) One appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate;
(3) One appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives;
(4) One appointed by the majority leader of the Senate;
(5) One appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives;
(6) One appointed by the minority leader of the Senate;
(7) One appointed by the Senate chairperson of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to transportation;
(8) One appointed by the Senate ranking member of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to transportation;
(9) One appointed by the House chairperson of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to transportation;
(10) Three persons appointed by the Governor; and
(11) The Commissioner of Transportation, or the commissioner's designee.

(c) Any member of the task force appointed under subdivisions (1) to (10), inclusive, of subsection (b) of this section may be a member of the General Assembly.

(d) All appointments to the task force shall be made not later than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(e) The speaker of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate shall select the chairpersons of the task force from among the members of the task force. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held not later than sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(f) The administrative staff of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to transportation shall serve as administrative staff of the task force.

(g) Not later than January 1, 2018, the task force shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to transportation, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes. The task force shall terminate on the date that it submits such report or January 1, 2018, whichever is later.
 

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Bridgeport Hah! We were once the murder capitol of New England. People here drive like they never heard of Driver's Ed or Motor Vehicle Laws. They think it is perfectly acceptable to stop traffic by stopping in the middle of the street to talk to friends - or make a drug deal.

I really can't see this ending well for SDV. (or FAV)
Ha. In Hartford they all take right hand turns from the left lane
 

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... People here [Bridgeport] drive like they never heard of Driver's Ed or Motor Vehicle Laws. They think it is perfectly acceptable to stop traffic by stopping in the middle of the street to talk to friends - or make a drug deal...
Ha. In Hartford they all take right hand turns from the left lane
Some areas have no traffic laws whatsoever :eek: They are merely suggestions o_O
Try driving around the south Bronx for a few hours, not just back and forth to the airport.
They make Bridgeport and Hartford residents seem like driving instructors by comparison. :D
 

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Calm down! No bill has been completely passed or signed yet. Don't listen to the bullshit headlines.
 
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