Bill Text: NY S06014 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Amended

Bill Title: Establishes the New York task force on automated vehicle technology to study and assess the future of automated vehicle technology.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2020-02-10 - ADVANCED TO THIRD READING [S06014 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S06014-Amended.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK


                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                    IN SENATE

                                      May 16, 2019

        Introduced  by  Sen. KENNEDY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation -- reported
          favorably from said committee, ordered to  first  and  second  report,
          ordered  to  a third reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining
          its place in the order of third reading -- recommitted to the  Commit-
          tee  on  Transportation  in  accordance  with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 --
          committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as  amended  and
          recommitted to said committee

        AN  ACT  establishing the New York task force on automated vehicle tech-
          nology; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon the expi-
          ration thereof

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section  1. Legislative findings. The Legislature finds that automated
     2  vehicle technology offers widely anticipated and revolutionary potential
     3  for the transportation sector.  Among  the  unprecedented  opportunities
     4  offered  by  this  technology  are inclusive mobility options to benefit
     5  disadvantaged, disabled and elderly residents; congestion and  emissions
     6  mitigation;  improved  livable land use, and better road usage. Further,
     7  the legislature has amended section 2 of part FF of chapter  55  of  the
     8  laws  of 2017, relating to motor vehicles equipped with autonomous vehi-
     9  cle technology, as amended by section 2 of part H of chapter 58  of  the
    10  laws  of  2018,  as  amended by section 1 of part M of chapter 58 of the
    11  laws of 2019, to allow for a two-year  testing  program  for  automobile
    12  manufacturers  and  technology leaders to test and demonstrate automated
    13  vehicle technology in New York, which will expire and be deemed repealed
    14  April 1, 2021. Consequently, the  legislature  finds  that  there  is  a
    15  pressing need for policymakers to study automated vehicle technology and
    16  formulate  comprehensive  laws  and  regulations  to ensure the state is
    17  prepared for the safe deployment of automobiles equipped with this tech-
    18  nology and to help prepare the state for a future where automated  vehi-

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  cle  technology plays a role in shaping our roadways, economy, education
     2  system, and society.
     3    To  this  end,  it is in the public interest to establish an automated
     4  vehicle task force to study, evaluate and develop recommendations relat-
     5  ing to specific actionable measures that address how  automated  vehicle
     6  technology  will  transform  the  state's  roadways,  economy, education
     7  system, and society.
     8    § 2. Automated vehicle task force. The New York task  force  on  auto-
     9  mated  vehicle  technology is hereby established to study and assess the
    10  future of automated vehicle technology. For purposes of this act, "auto-
    11  mated vehicle" shall mean a motor vehicle that  has  the  capability  to
    12  drive  the  vehicle  without the active control or monitoring of a human
    13  operator including any automation level at or above SAE J3016  level  3.
    14  Such  task  force  shall  consist of seventeen members with demonstrated
    15  expertise in issues relating to the work of the task force. The  members
    16  of the task force shall be appointed as follows:
    17    (a)  five  members  shall  be appointed by the governor, such members'
    18  expertise shall encompass, but not be limited to, the areas of transpor-
    19  tation, research and development, education, education for or  assisting
    20  people with disabilities; one of these members shall be the commissioner
    21  of  the  department  of motor vehicles and shall serve as chairperson of
    22  the task force; and one member shall be the commissioner of the  depart-
    23  ment of transportation and shall serve as vice chair;
    24    (b)  two  members shall be appointed by the temporary president of the
    25  senate;
    26    (c) two members shall be appointed by the speaker of the assembly;
    27    (d) one member shall be appointed by the senate minority leader;
    28    (e) one member shall be appointed by the assembly minority leader;
    29    (f) one member shall be appointed  by  the  chancellor  of  the  state
    30  university  of  New  York;  such  member shall be a member of a research
    31  faculty of an engineering department at a state university of  New  York
    32  campus;
    33    (g)  one  member  shall  be appointed by the commission on independent
    34  colleges and universities from a New York  private  university  research
    35  faculty of an engineering department;
    36    (h)  two  members  shall  be  appointed  by the alliance of automobile
    37  manufacturers and shall be representatives  of  two  differing  original
    38  equipment manufacturers;
    39    (i) one member shall be appointed by the president of AFL-CIO; and
    40    (j) one member shall be appointed by the New York state business coun-
    41  cil.
    42    §  3.  All  appointments shall be made no later than the thirtieth day
    43  after the effective date of this section. Vacancies in the membership of
    44  the task force shall be filled in the same manner provided  for  by  the
    45  original  appointments. The task force shall organize as soon as practi-
    46  cable following the appointment of its members.  The  chairperson  shall
    47  appoint  a  secretary  who  shall not be a member of the task force. The
    48  members of the task  force  shall  receive  no  compensation  for  their
    49  services.
    50    §  4. The task force shall study, evaluate and develop recommendations
    51  relating to specific actionable  measures  that  address  how  automated
    52  vehicle  technology will transform the state's roadways, economy, educa-
    53  tion system and society. The automated vehicle task  force  shall  study
    54  how  to  support the safe testing, deployment and operation of automated
    55  vehicle technology on public highways. It shall take all of the  follow-
    56  ing  into  consideration:  (a)  the  measures  necessary to successfully

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     1  implement automated vehicles, including necessary legislative and  regu-
     2  latory  or  administrative changes; (b) the difficulties and liabilities
     3  that could arise by allowing automated vehicles on public  highways  and
     4  proper mechanisms to manage risks and ensure adequate risk coverage; (c)
     5  how automated vehicle technology can promote research and development in
     6  this  state;  (d)  potential  considerations  and resource needs for law
     7  enforcement; (e) potential infrastructure  changes  needed  and  capital
     8  planning  considerations;  and  (f)  any other issue the committee deems
     9  relevant.
    10    § 5. The task force shall be entitled  to  request  and  receive,  and
    11  shall  utilize such facilities, resources and data of any court, depart-
    12  ment, division, board, bureau, commission or agency of the state or  any
    13  political  subdivision  thereof as it may reasonably request to properly
    14  carry out its powers and duties.
    15    § 6. In carrying out its functions, the task  force  shall  hold  five
    16  public  hearings  around  the  state to foster discussions in accordance
    17  with article seven of the public officers law, and formal  public  hear-
    18  ings  to  solicit  input and recommendations from statewide and regional
    19  stakeholder interests.
    20    § 7. The task force shall report its findings and  recommendations  to
    21  the  governor,  the temporary president of the senate and the speaker of
    22  the assembly on or before April first, two thousand twenty-two.
    23    § 8. This act shall take effect immediately and shall  expire  and  be
    24  deemed repealed 2 years after such date.