Senate Bill 5828


Section 1

This section modifies existing section 46.92.010. Here is the modified chapter for context.

  1. In order to test an autonomous motor vehicle on any public roadway under the department's autonomous vehicle self-certification testing pilot program, the following information must be provided by the self-certifying entity testing the autonomous motor vehicle:

    1. Contact information specified by the department;

    2. The zip codes where testing is planned;

    3. The number count of and the vehicle identification numbers of the autonomous vehicles being tested, provided that one is required by state or federal law; and

    4. Proof of an insurance policy that meets the requirements of RCW 46.30.050.

  2. Any autonomous motor vehicle to which subsection (1) of this section is applicable and that does not have a vehicle identification number and is not otherwise required under state or federal law to have a vehicle identification number assigned to it must be assigned a unique identification number that is provided to the department and that is displayed in the vehicle in a manner similar to the display of vehicle identification numbers in motor vehicles.

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    1. By February 1st of each year, the self-certifying entity testing the autonomous motor vehicle on any public roadway must submit a report to the department

covering any collisions that are required to be reported to law enforcement under RCW 46.52.030, involving an autonomous motor vehicle during testing on any public roadway

, from the prior calendar year.


The report required under (a) of this subsection must include information stating whether the autonomous driving system was operating the vehicle at the time of or immediately prior to the collision and details regarding the collision, including any loss of life, injury, or property damage that resulted from the collision.

c. The provisions of this section are supplemental to all other rights and duties under law applicable in the event of a motor vehicle collision.
  1. The self-certifying entity testing the autonomous motor vehicle on public roadways under the department's autonomous vehicle self-certification testing pilot program must provide to the department (a) a law enforcement interaction plan, which includes information on how to interact with the vehicle in emergency and traffic enforcement situations, and (b) the expected period of time during which testing will occur . The interaction plan must (i) be provided in advance of testing; (ii) include contact information where law enforcement agencies can communicate with the self-certifying entity testing the autonomous vehicle ; and (iii) provide the physical description of the motor vehicle or vehicles being tested, including make, model, color, and license plate number.

  2. The department may adopt a fee to be charged by the department for self-certification in an amount sufficient to offset administration by the department of the self-certification testing pilot program.

  3. The department shall provide public access to the nonconfidential business information self-certifying entities provide to it, and shall provide an annual report to the house and senate transportation committees of the legislature summarizing the information reported by self-certifying entities under this section.

  4. An autonomous motor vehicle may not be operated on any public roadway for the purposes of testing in Washington state until the department is provided with the information required under subsection (1) of this section.

  5. For purposes of this section, "autonomous" means a level four or five driving automation system as provided in the society of automotive engineering international's standard J3016, as it existed on October 1, 2022, or such subsequent date as may be provided by the department by rule, consistent with the purposes of this section.

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