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It bears noting that some of the key features of
Pennsylvania's AV governance approach happened not
by preconceived design, but by adjusting and adapting
plans to developing circumstances, with the benefit of
iterative feedback from our stakeholders. These midcourse pivots seemed perfectly appropriate to the task of
developing a governance response to emerging technology whose future trajectory could only be imagined, but
not fully anticipated.
As AV testing began to take off on the streets of Pittsburgh, we intended to ask our legislature to authorize
driverless testing and use of automated vehicles with
PennDOT empowered to oversee safety exercised by
the flexible mechanism of policy, rather than the more
cumbersome use of regulation. (By its silence on AVs,
existing Pennsylvania law allows an Automated Driving
System to operate the vehicle, but a licensed driver must
be at the wheel and effectively in control).
The safety policies that were drafted were subjected
to intensive review and revision from our AV Task
Force, comprised of diverse stakeholders and voices.7
But the General Assembly had not reached a clear
conviction regarding the lawmaking direction it should
take, and general AV legislation has not been enacted,
though specific uses cases for truck platooning and driverless work-zone vehicles were authorized by new law.8
Meanwhile, in response to the Tempe fatality, public
opinion in Pennsylvania demanded that PennDOT take
appropriate safety measures, notwithstanding the gray
area of legal authority that existed.
We responded-with the flexibility that the situation
demanded-by reconvening our AV Task Force to help

the department strengthen the Testing Guidance and
then calling on the testers-in truth, letting them know
that we expected them-to comply voluntarily by submitting a detailed Notice of Testing, subject to PennDOT
review and approval, that delineates the operational and
locational details of their testing activities.
It has been gratifying that the testing community has
been uniformly supportive and willing participants in
the process. This winter and spring, PennDOT has been
working with them to update the Guidance-a needed
review in light of two years of further technological
progress since the document was first issued.

Equity, Workforce, and
Public Engagement
This collaborative, flexible approach to roadway safety
has been a cornerstone of Pennsylvania's governance
of vehicle automation, but not the only one. Other key
aspects include:
A focus on ensuring that the costs and benefits of
this and other emerging transportation technologies are
shared fairly across the state's diverse population and
communities.
Close attention to the complex effects of automation
on the workforce, both to mitigate the potential for
disruptive job loss and to invest in skills training to give
Pennsylvanians opportunities for the new, more sophisticated jobs that will emerge.
A relentless commitment to engage Pennsylvanians
in a frank and ongoing public discussion about AV
technology, so citizens can have a hand in shaping
tomorrow's transportation system, and do so with an
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