Florida Senate - 2016                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. CS for SB 1394
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                   Comm: WD            .                                
                  02/19/2016           .                                

       Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and
       Economic Development (Brandes) recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete lines 392 - 406
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 6.  Subsections (1) and (3) of section 316.303,
    6  Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
    7         316.303 Television receivers.—
    8         (1) A No motor vehicle may not be operated on the highways
    9  of this state if the vehicle is shall be equipped with
   10  television-type receiving equipment so located that the viewer
   11  or screen is visible from the driver’s seat, unless the vehicle
   12  is equipped with autonomous technology, as defined in s.
   13  316.003, and is being operated in autonomous mode, as provided
   14  in s. 316.85(2).
   15         (3) This section does not prohibit the use of an electronic
   16  display used in conjunction with a vehicle navigation system; an
   17  electronic display used by an operator of a vehicle equipped
   18  with autonomous technology, as defined in s. 316.003, and
   19  operating in autonomous mode, as provided in s. 316.85(2); or an
   20  electronic display used by an operator of a vehicle equipped and
   21  operating with driver-assistive truck platooning technology, as
   22  defined in s. 316.003.
   23         Section 7. Subsection (1) of section 316.85, Florida
   24  Statutes, is amended to read:
   25         316.85 Autonomous vehicles; operation.—
   26         (1) A person who possesses a valid driver license may
   27  operate an autonomous vehicle in autonomous mode on roads in
   28  this state if the vehicle is equipped with autonomous
   29  technology, as defined in s. 316.003.
   30         Section 8. Section 316.86, Florida Statutes, is amended to
   31  read:
   32         316.86 Operation of vehicles equipped with autonomous
   33  technology on roads for testing purposes; financial
   34  responsibility; Exemption from liability for manufacturer when
   35  third party converts vehicle.—
   36         (1) Vehicles equipped with autonomous technology may be
   37  operated on roads in this state by employees, contractors, or
   38  other persons designated by manufacturers of autonomous
   39  technology, or by research organizations associated with
   40  accredited educational institutions, for the purpose of testing
   41  the technology. For testing purposes, a human operator shall be
   42  present in the autonomous vehicle such that he or she has the
   43  ability to monitor the vehicle’s performance and intervene, if
   44  necessary, unless the vehicle is being tested or demonstrated on
   45  a closed course. Before the start of testing in this state, the
   46  entity performing the testing must submit to the department an
   47  instrument of insurance, surety bond, or proof of self-insurance
   48  acceptable to the department in the amount of $5 million.
   49         (2) The original manufacturer of a vehicle converted by a
   50  third party into an autonomous vehicle is shall not be liable
   51  in, and shall have a defense to and be dismissed from, any legal
   52  action brought against the original manufacturer by any person
   53  injured due to an alleged vehicle defect caused by the
   54  conversion of the vehicle, or by equipment installed by the
   55  converter, unless the alleged defect was present in the vehicle
   56  as originally manufactured.
   57         Section 8. Subsection (1) of section 319.145, Florida
   58  Statutes, is amended to read:
   59         319.145 Autonomous vehicles.—
   60         (1) An autonomous vehicle registered in this state must
   61  continue to meet applicable federal standards and regulations
   62  for such a motor vehicle. The vehicle must shall:
   63         (a) Have a system to safely alert the operator if an
   64  autonomous technology failure is detected while the autonomous
   65  technology is engaged. When an alert is given, the system must:
   66         1. Require the operator to take control of the autonomous
   67  vehicle; or
   68         2. If the operator does not, or is not able to, take
   69  control of the autonomous vehicle, be capable of bringing the
   70  vehicle to a complete stop Have a means to engage and disengage
   71  the autonomous technology which is easily accessible to the
   72  operator.
   73         (b) Have a means, inside the vehicle, to visually indicate
   74  when the vehicle is operating in autonomous mode.
   75         (c) Have a means to alert the operator of the vehicle if a
   76  technology failure affecting the ability of the vehicle to
   77  safely operate autonomously is detected while the vehicle is
   78  operating autonomously in order to indicate to the operator to
   79  take control of the vehicle.
   80         (c)(d) Be capable of being operated in compliance with the
   81  applicable traffic and motor vehicle laws of this state.
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   84  And the title is amended as follows:
   85         Delete lines 29 - 31
   86  and insert:
   87         316.303, F.S.; providing exceptions to the prohibition
   88         against certain television-type receiving equipment in
   89         vehicles; amending s. 316.85, F.S.; revising the
   90         circumstances under which a licensed driver is
   91         authorized to operate an autonomous vehicle in
   92         autonomous mode; amending s. 316.86, F.S.; deleting a
   93         provision authorizing the operation of vehicles
   94         equipped with autonomous technology on roads in this
   95         state for testing purposes by certain persons or
   96         research organizations; deleting a requirement that a
   97         human operator be present in an autonomous vehicle for
   98         testing purposes; deleting certain financial
   99         responsibility requirements for entities performing
  100         such testing; amending s. 319.145, F.S.; revising
  101         provisions relating to required equipment and
  102         operation of autonomous vehicles; amending s. 320.02,
  103         F.S.; increasing