Arizona Governor updates executive order for autonomous vehicles

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey yesterday announced that he has updated an executive order governing the testing of self-driving vehicles in the state.

The original 2015 executive order outlined the process for testing self-driving vehicles in Arizona and established safety guidelines for their testing and operation. It also instructed the state to eliminate unnecessary regulations and hurdles to the development of self-driving technology.

By updating his executive order to reflect changing technology, Governor Ducey plans to advance Arizona’s position in the development of self-driving technology, while also protecting public safety.

“As technology advances, our policies and priorities must adapt to remain competitive in today’s economy,” said Governor Ducey.

“This executive order embraces new technologies by creating an environment that supports autonomous vehicle innovation and maintains a focus on public safety.”

The updated order includes a number of changes to reflect advancements in self-driving technology and testing, including moves towards fully autonomous vehicles.

In particular, it requires all automated driving systems to comply with federal and state safety standards, including bringing the vehicle to a complete stop in the event of its automated driving system failing.

The revised order also instructs the state’s Departments of Public Safety to work with other law enforcement agencies to plan how first responders would interact with a fully autonomous vehicle in an emergency.