ACIC Urges DMV to Clarify that Autonomous Vehicle Manufacturer's Assume Liability

Publish Date:Jan 28, 2014
Summary:
This week ACIC testified before California DMV regarding the testing of autonomous vehicle regulations.
This week ACIC testified before the California Department of Motor Vehicles (CMV) regarding the testing of autonomous vehicle regulations.  ACIC advocated for DMV to clarify that the autonomous vehicle's manufacturer retains all liability for damages, losses or injuries caused by these vehicles while being tested on California highways as required by the enabling law (SB 1298).  As drafted, the proposed regulation implies that the driver's personal automobile insurance coverage is the primary insurance coverage while the manufacturers' commercial policy is secondary, which is beyond the scope and is inconsistent with SB 1298.

The meeting was well attended by insurers and representatives from Volkswagen, Mercedes, and Google.  ACIC will continue to work with the DMV on this issue, and has also reached out to the California Department of Insurance about addressing this issue.  DMV anticipates releasing the next draft of the regulation sometime in April 2014.
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