Jarrell Cook

Autonomous vehicle insurance issues

By Jarrell Cook, Legislative Manager, Government Relations

Capitol Update, Feb. 24, 2017 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

On March 8, the Senate Insurance Committee, chaired by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia), will be holding an oversight hearing discussing “Autonomous Vehicles and Auto Insurance in California: How Will Consumers Be Protected.” This hearing follows the legislature’s increasing interest in shaping the emerging autonomous vehicles industry in California. The impact of the advancement of autonomous vehicle technology on the automobile insurance industry raises significant questions about regulation, underwriting, liability, and repairs.

California law currently resolves disputes involving car accidents through its tort system, requiring that someone be named at fault and that their insurance company bear the costs of repair. These laws and regulations governing automobile insurance play a key role in bolstering confidence in lawmakers and the public. Manufacturers interested in the adoption of autonomous vehicles should be sure to be engaged in ancillary regulatory matters such as insurance as there may be unintended consequences that shape the marketplace. CMTA continues to engage lawmakers on all aspects of the issues of autonomous vehicles. If you are interested and would like to be active through CMTA, please contact Jarrell Cook, Associate Policy Director for Governmental Affairs, at jcook@cmta.net or by phone 916-498-3356.


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