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2016 Senate Bill 996: Authorize (restricted) driverless vehicles on Michigan highways

Public Act 333 of 2016

Introduced by Sen. Mike Kowall (R) on May 25, 2016
To expand a law that permits operating automated “driverless” vehicles for research purposes and more, subject to specified restrictions and conditions. The bill is part of a package comprised of Senate Bills 995 to 998 that among other things would potentially repeal the requirement that a human operator be present to monitor performance and intervene if necessary and authorize regulations. This bill would establish criteria for manufacturers to participate, define when a human or electronic system is considered to be the "driver," and authorize insurance and liability provisions.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Economic Development and International Investment Committee on May 25, 2016
Reported in the Senate on September 6, 2016
With the recommendation that the bill pass.
Received in the House on September 7, 2016
Referred to the House Communications and Technology Committee on September 7, 2016
Reported in the House on September 20, 2016
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Received in the Senate on November 10, 2016
To concur with the House-passed version of the bill.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on December 8, 2016

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