HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3099        FILED ON: 1/18/2019

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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Timothy R. Whelan

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to event data recorders in autonomous vehicles.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Timothy R. Whelan

1st Barnstable

Brian M. Ashe

2nd Hampden

John Barrett, III

1st Berkshire

F. Jay Barrows

1st Bristol

William L. Crocker, Jr.

2nd Barnstable

Shawn Dooley

9th Norfolk

William J. Driscoll, Jr.

7th Norfolk

Kimberly N. Ferguson

1st Worcester

Ann-Margaret Ferrante

5th Essex

Susan Williams Gifford

2nd Plymouth

Stephan Hay

3rd Worcester

Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

20th Middlesex

Hannah Kane

11th Worcester

Joseph D. McKenna

18th Worcester

Michael O. Moore

Second Worcester

David K. Muradian, Jr.

9th Worcester

Mathew J. Muratore

1st Plymouth

Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol

David Allen Robertson

19th Middlesex

Daniel J. Ryan

2nd Suffolk

Michael J. Soter

8th Worcester

Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3099        FILED ON: 1/18/2019

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 3672

By Mr. Whelan of Brewster, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3672) of Timothy R. Whelan and others relative to event data recorders in autonomous vehicles.  Transportation.

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the One Hundred and Ninety-First General Court
(2019-2020)

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An Act relative to event data recorders in autonomous vehicles.

 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

Chapter 90 of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding the following section:-

Section 63.  (a) As used in this section, the following words shall, unless the context clearly requires otherwise, have the following meanings:-

“Autonomous vehicle”, a motor vehicle equipped with technology that allows the motor vehicle to perform 1 or more driving functions through vehicle automation, without the direct control of the driver.

“Event data recorder”, means a device or function in a motor vehicle that records the vehicle’s dynamic, time-series data during the time period just prior to a crash event, including, but not limited to, indication whether the vehicle was in autonomous mode or not, speed, throttle position, brake usage, vehicle speed versus time data, or during a crash event, including, but not limited to, delta-V versus time data, intended for retrieval after the crash event. “Event data” does not include audio or video data.

(b) After a crash event involving an autonomous vehicle that is being operated or tested on a public way, no person shall knowingly destroy, corrupt, alter or delete data on the autonomous vehicle’s event data recorder, or knowingly destroy or impair the autonomous vehicle’s event data recorder, until a sufficient amount of time has passed to allow law enforcement a reasonable opportunity to obtain a search warrant for the purpose of obtaining evidence relating to the crash event. 

(c) A violation of this section shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $50,000, or by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than 5 years, or in a jail or house of correction for not more than  2 ½  years, or both such fine and imprisonment.