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Lawmakers put the brakes on autonomous vehicle proposal

The House Transportation Policy committee voted 8-0 Wednesday to substitute an amendment that replaced proposed rules for the vehicles with a study group. That group would report to the Legislature in the fall.
Traffic and parking in downtown Seattle (Photo: KING)

SALEM, Ore. - Lawmakers effectively withdrew a proposal to allow autonomous vehicles on Oregon roads.

The House Transportation Policy committee voted 8-0 Wednesday to substitute an amendment that replaced proposed rules for the vehicles with a study group. That group would report to the Legislature in the fall.

Legislators questioned the safety of fully autonomous technology on roads.

"I do not believe that creating a hostage environment inside a vehicle moving 60 miles an hour is something any of us really want to get to in the long term," said state Rep. Paul Evans, a Democrat from Monmouth.

Other lawmakers had previously questioned whether the technology could be hacked.