Michigan's Governor, Rick Snyder, has signed into law historic autonomous vehicle legislation (the "AV Legislation") permitting the operation on Michigan roadways of autonomous vehicles, platoons of electronically coordinated vehicles and autonomous ride-hailing fleets.
The AV Legislation previously passed by Michigan's House of Representatives and largely concurred with by Michigan's Senate differs from the Senate's original legislation in one important respect: It provides for the deployment of ride-hailing fleets (called "on-demand automated motor vehicle networks" in the legislation) by non-traditional automobile manufacturers, such as Lyft, Uber or Google, provided they meet certain conditions. Of these conditions, the most significant is the operation of autonomous vehicles on public roads for more than 1 million miles.
The AV Legislation signals Michigan's desire to be at the center of advanced vehicle technology developments, without significant state regulatory impediments. Of course, federal laws and regulations, including the regulatory safety scheme of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ("NHTSA") and NHTSA's newly announced Federal Automated Vehicles Policy, will pertain. That policy requests that vehicle manufacturers submit to NHTSA voluntary safety assessments for automated vehicle technology, acknowledging compliance with specified safety factors.
Detailed information about Michigan's AV Legislation can be found here.
More information about NHTSA's Federal Automated Vehicles Policy can be found here.