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Wyoming Lawmakers Working On Bill That Regulates Autonomous Vehicles

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About 30 states already have regulatory frameworks set up to safely and efficiently introduce autonomous vehicles into the states. Now, state lawmakers are working to get Wyoming caught up.

Jesse Kirchmeier, Wyoming Department of Transportation's emergency response planner, said whether the state is ready or not, autonomous cars will be here soon.

"We did form a working group, volunteer group of folks who basically have the same goal in mind, which is to safely and efficiently integrate autonomous vehicles, no matter what the level they're at, into the roadway system as they start becoming more prevalent," said Kirchmeier.

The working group is looking at potential road infrastructure, how a car crash is investigated, among other unique subjects that self-driving cars bring about.

Kirchmeier said the biggest challenge for the department will be to make sure Wyomingites feel comfortable with self driving cars.

"We have to make sure that the population in the state is comfortable, the industry, folks that are involved are comfortable," he said. "And everyone knows as much as they can and can make an informed decision. So that's kind of one of the goals is to make sure that people are comfortable with the technology."

If the bill makes it to the full legislature and passes, WYDOT will begin working on establishing regulations.

In addition to reporting daily on the happenings in Northwest Wyoming, Kamila is also the producer of the Kids Ask WhY Podcast and the History Unloaded Podcast.Kamila has worked for public radio stations in California, New York, France and Poland. Originally from New York City, she loves exploring new places. Kamila received her master in journalism from Columbia University. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the surrounding areas with her two pups and husband.
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