PennDOT chief outlines temporary rules for testing of self-driving cars

PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards outlined Monday a series of guidelines the state would like self-driving car companies to follow if they decide to test their vehicles on state roads.

Compliance with the guidelines is voluntary, Richards said at the Pennsylvania Automated Vehicles Summit, which started Monday in Pittsburgh.

“But we do expect compliance.”…

Richards called for an independent review body and certification process for safety similar to what Underwriters Laboratories does for many electronics and other consumer products. She called on the state lawmakers to pass self-driving legislation and federal lawmakers to strengthen state control over autonomous vehicles.

PennDOT will also work with the National Robotics Engineering Center at Carnegie Mellon University to develop best practices for testing.