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Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones responds to DMV’s autonomous vehicle draft regulations

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For Release: October 3, 2016
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Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones responds to DMV’s autonomous vehicle draft regulations
Federal and state regulators set direction to ensure vehicle and public safety

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones issued the following statement regarding autonomous vehicles. From ride hailing to autonomous vehicles, Commissioner Jones has served in a leadership role in making sure the insurance marketplace and regulations keep pace with developing technologies that are reshaping transportation.

"California embraces new technology and innovations, like autonomous vehicles, but we also need to make sure that new technologies, products and services are safe and consumers are protected. The new DMV regulations strike the right balance. AV manufacturers will need to maintain $5 million in insurance and the owner or lessee of each car will be required to meet the same insurance coverage required of every other car on the road. As the insurance regulator, we will continue to work with the insurance industry to make sure that they will address the change toward more automation while continuing to provide coverage that protects consumers." 


Dave Jones, Insurance Commissioner

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