AUSTIN (KXAN) – The Texas Tribune reports the emerging self-driving technology is being discussed at the Capitol. These technology companies would be encouraged to come to Texas to test it out. Only a few states have statues written into the books that oversee this type of technology.
In the Senate, there’s a bill that would create a pilot program that would both encourage this type of testing — as well as create some oversight. For instance, companies looking to get on the roads would have to notify the Texas Department of Public Safety that they’re doing so, and there would always have to be a person in the car with a special designation on their license for being able to operate one of those self-driving cars.
There are also a couple bills in the House more specifically tailored to testing, such as allowing DPS to test self-driving cars for border security. Another bill deals with testing for construction and maintenance work.Read more about the story from The Texas Tribune