INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana House Roads and Transportation committee has approved a bill on autonomous vehicles. House Bill 1341, authored by Representative Ed Soliday (R-4), would allow autonomous vehicles on public roads with certain provisions.

The bill says a person with a valid driver's license may operate an autonomous vehicle on a public highway, as long as the vehicle complies with applicable federal and state laws. It also specifies the equipment that all autonomous vehicles must have and requires the vehicle to be registered with the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

If approved by the full legislature, the bill would also form the Automated Vehicle Oversight Task Group, which would consist of members from the BMV, the Indiana Department of Insurance, the Indiana Department of Transportation, Indiana State Police and a representative from the local jurisdiction where operations would occur. The group would oversee and regulate the operation of automated vehicles.

"As Chair of Roads and Transportation, my main priority is ensuring the safety of Hoosier motorists," Soliday said in a news release. "This legislation is designed to maintain the safety of those who use our roads, while also creating an environment for growth and innovation in Indiana for automated vehicles."

The bill now heads to the full House for consideration. You can read more about House Bill 1341 by clicking here.