Professional Engineers to be Added to New Jersey Advanced Autonomous Vehicle Task Force

With autonomous vehicles very close to hitting the streets throughout the world, two new Joint Resolutions – AJR164 and SJR105 – were created to establish a New Jersey Advanced Autonomous Vehicle Task Force.

This Task Force will conduct a study of advanced autonomous vehicles and make recommendations on laws, rules, and regulations that New Jersey may enact to safely integrate advanced autonomous vehicles on the state’s highways, streets, and roads. The proposed group will consist of seven members:

  • Commissioner of Transportation
  • Chief Administrator of the Motor Vehicle Commission
  • Director of the Division of Highway Traffic Safety in the Department of Law and Public Safety
  • Two public members, who shall be appointed by the Governor, one with an expertise in highway transportation safety and one with an expertise in autonomous vehicle technology
  • Public member appointed by the Governor upon the recommendation of the President of the Senate, with an expertise in highway transportation safety
  • Public member appointed by the Governor upon the recommendation of the Speaker of the General Assembly, with an expertise in autonomous vehicle technology

Initially, this proposed Task Force did not include provisions for a licensed professional engineer to be included. However, on behalf of the members of the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers (NJSPE), NJSPE worked closely with the State Legislature to make it mandatory for a professional engineer to be included on this proposed Task Force.  

We are happy to report that these joint resolutions have been revised to include a licensed professional engineer on this Task Force, and the joint resolutions were reported from the Senate Committee on January 17, 2019. This is just one more example of how the NJSPE is promoting, serving and representing New Jersey’s engineering professionals for the public’s benefit.

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