Oregon lawmakers withdraw autonomous vehicle proposal

Lawmakers have safety concerns about autonomous vehicles due in part to their technology.

Posted: Feb. 15, 2018 10:05 AM
Updated: Feb. 15, 2018 10:20 AM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Lawmakers effectively withdrew a proposal to allow autonomous vehicles on Oregon roads.

The House Transportation Policy committee voted 8-0 Wednesday to substitute an amendment that replaced proposed rules for the vehicles with a study group. That group would report to the Legislature in the fall.

Legislators questioned the safety of fully autonomous technology on roads.

"I do not believe that creating a hostage environment inside a vehicle moving 60 miles an hour is something any of us really want to get to in the long term," said state Rep. Paul Evans, a Democrat from Monmouth.

Other lawmakers had previously questioned whether the technology could be hacked.

According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, automated vehicles currently fall into a grey area in state law, neither explicitly permitted nor prohibited.

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