WANADA CEO Testifies on Autonomous Vehicle Legislation Proposed in D.C.

WANADA President and CEO John O’Donnell submitted written testimony to the D.C. Council earlier this month on behalf of two pieces of legislation that would establish a regulatory framework for autonomous vehicles. The bills, which are designed to be passed in conjunction with each other, would empower the District Department of Transportation to establish both an autonomous vehicle testing framework and a process for registering those cars with the city.

O’Donnell wrote in his testimony that the bills “would establish the necessary framework for the District to become one of the few places in the nation with a full-fledged regulatory infrastructure to support the responsible testing of autonomous vehicles,” and he requested that the organization be included in any working groups that may be established to review the legislation, either before or after it is enacted.

The bills, B23-232 and B23-0248, were introduced by Council Chair Phil Mendelson (D) and Councilmembers Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) and Charles Allen (D-Ward 6).