Florida Senate - 2014                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 1272
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  03/11/2014           .                                

    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    5         Between lines 429 and 430
    6  insert:
    7         Section 8. Subsections (1) and (3) of section 316.86,
    8  Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
    9         316.86 Operation of vehicles equipped with autonomous
   10  technology on roads for testing purposes; financial
   11  responsibility; exemption from liability for manufacturer when
   12  third party converts vehicle; report.—
   13         (1) Vehicles equipped with autonomous technology may be
   14  operated on roads in this state by employees, contractors, or
   15  other persons designated by manufacturers of autonomous
   16  technology, or by research organizations associated with
   17  accredited educational institutions, for the purpose of testing
   18  the technology. For testing purposes, a human operator must
   19  retain shall be present in the autonomous vehicle such that he
   20  or she has the ability to monitor the vehicle’s performance and
   21  intervene, if necessary, unless the vehicle is being tested or
   22  demonstrated on a closed course or any other autonomous vehicle
   23  testing roadway as designated by the Department of
   24  Transportation and applicable local or county government. Before
   25  Prior to the start of testing in this state, the entity
   26  performing the testing must submit to the Department of Highway
   27  Safety and Motor Vehicles an instrument of insurance, surety
   28  bond, or proof of self-insurance acceptable to the department in
   29  the amount of $5 million.
   30         (3) By February 12, 2014, the Department of Highway Safety
   31  and Motor Vehicles shall submit a report to the President of the
   32  Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives
   33  recommending additional legislative or regulatory action that
   34  may be required for the safe testing and operation of motor
   35  vehicles equipped with autonomous technology.
   37  ================= T I T L E  A M E N D M E N T ================
   38  And the title is amended as follows:
   39         Delete line 30
   40  and insert:
   41         amending s. 316.86, F.S.; revising provisions relating
   42         to the operation of vehicles equipped with autonomous
   43         technology on state roads for testing purposes;
   44         authorizing research organizations associated with
   45         accredited educational institutions to operate such
   46         vehicles; authorizing the testing of such vehicles on
   47         certain roadways designated by the Department of
   48         Transportation and applicable local or county
   49         governments; deleting an obsolete provision; amending
   50         s. 320.02, F.S.; requiring, rather than