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Autonomous vehicles: Self-certification for testing in Washington state

Who needs to self-certify?

Companies conducting, testing, and operating autonomous vehicles on the roads of Washington state.

How to self-certify

In accordance with Executive Order 17-02, before beginning a pilot program, submit a Self-certification form confirming that you are compliant with the following:

Testing with human operators present

  • Only a trained employee, contractor, or other person authorized by the company developing the autonomous technology can operate or monitor the vehicles.
  • Vehicles must be monitored, and an operator must have the ability to direct the vehicle’s movement if assistance is required.
  • Anyone operating an autonomous vehicle needs a valid U.S. driver license.
  • Proof of insurance is required by RCW 46.30.020.

Testing without human operators present

  • Vehicles must be equipped with an automated driving system that performs all driving tasks on a part or full-time basis within their operational design limits. Vehicles must also be able to make it to a safe condition in the event of a system failure.
  • Vehicles must comply with Washington state motor vehicle laws relevant to the vehicle’s operational design limits.
  • Proof of insurance is required by RCW 46.30.020.

Insurance requirements

  • Companies must have an umbrella liability policy of not less than $5,000,000 per occurrence.
  • Companies must submit the Certificate of Insurance that shows they meet this rule.

Self-certified companies

  • BMW of North America, LLC
  • NVIDIA Corporation
  • Waymo LLC
  • Zoox, Inc

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