A bill passed by the Legislature last year and was signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott. Senate Bill 2205 by Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, does not require companies to tell the state of Texas or local governments when they are putting vehicles on streets or highways with no human in control. When Hancock filed SB 2205 on March 10, 2017, the first version said no vehicle could drive with the “automated driving system” activated unless three state agencies were informed in advance of when such testing would begin and “the general geographic location” where such research would occur. But when the legislation came before the Senate Transportation Committee for its first hearing April 19, with a fully rewritten bill substituted for the earlier version, the testing notification requirement had disappeared.
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From the Texas Trial Lawyers Association news release.