Proliferation of autonomous vehicles in Kansas would transform the way people go about daily affairs.
“If a resident cannot secure a driver’s license or afford to register, insure and operate a vehicle, the person may be slowly pushed outside social rubric of his or her community,” he said. “No access to a motor vehicle? How are you supposed to get to work, pick your kids up from school, get to a medical appointment, attend church?”
Smith said the state issued 575,000 license credentials last year, while suspending driving privileges of 70,000 people for non-alcohol reasons. An autonomous vehicle can resolve transportation challenges of people denied authority to operate a motor vehicle because of medical issues, he said.
State and federal regulators joined a private insurance company official Tuesday in an attempt to convince Kansas lawmakers of the need to speed development of rules guiding use of high-tech driverless vehicles on streets and highways. The House Transportation Committee and the Senate Transportation Committee convened separate hearings to journey into the emerging world of of autonomous cars and trucks racing onto the U.S.