Driverless vehicles bill approved by Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly approved a new law on Friday which will allow driverless vehicles to operate in the state.

Kelly signed Senate Bill 313 which is described by the Kansas Legislature as permitting the operation of driverless-capable vehicles without a human driver with the automated driving system engaged under certain circumstances. If the driverless-capable vehicle:

Is capable of achieving a minimal risk condition…

Is capable of operating in compliance with applicable traffic and motor vehicle safety laws.

Bears the required manufacturer’s certification label indicating compliance with federal motor vehicle safety standards…

Does not exceed 34,000 pounds on tandem axles, until July 1, 2025.

Carries a conventional human driver for 12 consecutive months from the date an entity places the driverless-capable vehicle into service in Kansas unless the vehicle is not designed, intended, or marketed for human occupancy or the vehicle lacks manual controls.