STAND. COM. REP. NO. 3734

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

 

RE: H.B. No. 2590

H.D. 2

S.D. 2

 

 

 

Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2020

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committees on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health and Ways and Means, to which was referred H.B. No. 2590, H.D. 2, S.D. 1, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES,"

 

beg leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose and intent of this measure is to:

 

(1) Establish within the Department of Transportation an autonomous vehicles testing pilot program;

 

(2) Require a report to the Legislature; and

 

(3) Appropriate funds.

 

Prior to the hearing on this measure, your Committees posted and made available for public review a proposed S.D. 2, which amends this measure by deleting language that would have appropriated funds to the department of transportation.

 

Your Committees received testimony in support of the proposed S.D. 2 from the Department of Transportation, City and County of Honolulu Department of Transportation Services, Hawaii State Council on Developmental Disabilities, Hawaii Automobile Dealers' Association, Alliance for Automotive Innovation, and Ulupono Initiative. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from one individual.

 

Your Committees find that, according to the United States Department of Transportation, more than thirty-seven thousand people were killed on U.S. roadways in 2017, with human error accounting for more than ninety-four percent of those fatalities. Vehicles equipped with automated driving systems can ultimately reduce the severity and number of vehicle crashes, improve road safety while saving consumers time and money, reduce pollution, dramatically expand mobility for individuals with disabilities, and facilitate better land use in urban settings. This measure enables the State to test automated driving technology to ensure public roads are as safe as possible for automated vehicle deployment.

 

Your Committees have amended this measure by adopting the proposed S.D. 2 and further amending this measure by inserting an effective date of upon approval.

 

As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health and Ways and Means that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2590, H.D. 2, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 2590, H.D. 2, S.D. 2.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health and Ways and Means,

 

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DONOVAN M. DELA CRUZ, Chair

 

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ROSALYN H. BAKER, Chair