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Mike D'Amico Appointed to Connecticut Task Force to Study Fully Autonomous Vehicles

Posted on behalf of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Jul 12, 2017 in Firm News

firm partner Mike D'AmicoWe are honored to announce that firm partner Mike D’Amico has been appointed to serve on the Connecticut task force to study fully autonomous vehicles.

As a dedicated Connecticut personal injury lawyer, D’Amico is well suited to represent the voice of consumers and advocate for the safe implementation of this new technology.

With the continued integration of autonomous technology throughout the country, this task force will play an important role in preparing Connecticut for driverless vehicles in the state.

Governor Daniel Malloy praised the legislation that established the task force as something that will put the state at the forefront of the autonomous vehicle industry.

Connecticut Autonomous Vehicles Law

The task force was established by Public Act 17-69 Section 2, which was signed into law in June. It consists of 11 appointed members and the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, the Commissioner of Transportation and the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection.

The group is tasked with studying fully autonomous vehicles by:

  • Evaluating the standards set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regarding states’ responsibilities for regulating fully self-driving vehicles
  • Evaluating the laws, regulations and legislation that have been proposed or enacted in other states
  • Recommending how the state should regulate fully autonomous vehicles
  • Evaluating the performance of the pilot program established by Public Act 17-69 Section 1

The pilot program allows vehicle manufacturers and fleet service providers to test fully autonomous vehicles on select streets in four cities.

The program would require that an operator be seated in the driver’s seat of every registered autonomous vehicle being tested so that he or she can monitor the operation of the vehicle and take immediate manual control if necessary.

This new law makes Connecticut one of at least 17 states that have enacted rules and regulations for the use of autonomous vehicles. Several others are currently debating the topic in their legislatures.

Dedicated Car Accident Lawyers

Advocates of self-driving technology say that it could eliminate auto accidents caused by human error and make roads safer.

However, until the time that fully autonomous vehicle technology is proven safe and highly autonomous vehicles are the only vehicles on the roads, crashes will continue to happen. If you are injured in a crash, do not hesitate to contact our experienced Waterbury auto accident lawyers to learn more about your legal options.

We offer free consultations and do not get paid unless we obtain compensation for you.

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