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Autonomous vehicle task force convenes

The first meeting May 23 launches work to come up with recommendations to regulate self-driving vehicles.

PAMPLIN FILE PHOTO - Paul Ryan, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, sits in an autonomous vehicle at Intel's campus in Hillsboro in August 2017.The new Task Force on Autonomous Vehicles convened for the first time last week amid the state Legislature's quarterly committee meetings.

The task force is charged with recommending by September policies to regulate autonomous vehicles.

Self-driving vehicles raise many legal questions. For example, when a driverless vehicle strikes and kills someone as an Uber autonomous vehicle did in March in Tempe, Ariz., who is liable? How do you register, license and insure a driverless vehicle?

The task force is responsible for addressing some of these questions.

Its membership consists of members of law enforcement, state lawmakers, the auto industry, transit, environmentalists, trial lawyers, the cyber-security industry and other transportation-related representatives.

The task force has divided into three subcommittees: licensing/registration, cybersecurity/long-term policy, law enforcement/crash reporting and insurance/liability.