OKLAHOMA CITY – A measure authored by Sen. Micheal Bergstrom that regulates self-driving cars in the state was signed by Governor Stitt this week.
Senate Bill 365 creates the Oklahoma Driving Automation System Uniformity Act. The measure preempts local laws and asserts that only the state may enact laws or regulations regarding the use of motor vehicles equipped with driving automation systems in Oklahoma.
“This measure will allow Oklahoma to stay up to date with other states as technology continues to advance in the self-driving car industry,” said Bergstrom, R-Adair. “By putting this uniformity in place, we can also more safely integrate the growing technological advances in self-driving automobiles. By improving traffic safety, we can impact the safety of all those who drive on Oklahoma roads.”
AAA says establishing state regulation of transportation using advanced driving automation system will undoubtedly be most impactful if the rules and regulations are consistent statewide. With the ability to enable vehicle automation uniformly across the state, traffic safety experts predict many of the fatal wrecks that result from lapses in human driving behavior can be eliminated, making traveling on state roads safer.
“My bill positions the state as forward-thinking with logical, smart approaches to innovative technology that is ever-evolving,” said Bergstrom. “States that fail to enact consistent laws put drivers at a disadvantage, so I’m pleased Oklahoma is ahead of the curve in anticipating the changes brought by the ever-changing self-driving vehicle industry. I am confident this move puts Oklahoma on the right path for the future.”
SB 365 will go into effect 90 days after the legislative session adjourns.