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

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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]

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                STATE OF NEW YORK
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                                         6014--A
            Cal. No. 1082

                               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

        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-
    19  cle technology plays a role in shaping our roadways, economy,  education
    20  system, and society.

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD11841-02-9

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

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