About the Work Group

Legislation

In 2018, the Washington State Legislature passed a bill directing the Washington State Transportation Commission (WSTC) to convene a diverse executive and legislative Work Group of stakeholders to develop policy recommendations to address the operation of AVs on public roadways in the state.

The primary purpose of the Work Group is to identify the measures – including regulatory, policy, infrastructure and other changes – necessary to enable and ensure the safe operation of AVs on public roadways and provide recommendations to the WSTC. The WSTC, in consideration of the Work Group’s input, will make recommendations to the Legislature and the Governor each November in an annual report. The Work Group will remain in place through 2023.

Please visit the project library to view all of the annual reports the WSTC has released to date.

The issue areas the Subcommittees are focused on relate to:

  • Licensing
  • Liability
  • Infrastructure & Systems
  • Safety
  • System Technology & Data Security
  • Labor & Workforce
  • Health & Equity

Autonomous Vehicle Work Group Membership and Organizational Structure

The intent of the Work Group is to create a process that is inclusive, collaborative and transparent. Not only will government agencies and Legislators be involved in this effort, but private sector, industry, non-profit organizations, and the general public are involved in helping shape and advance autonomous vehicle policy recommendations. To help this effort, a Work Group organizational structure was established to maximize involvement by various stakeholders.

AV Work Group Executive Committee
  • State Senators
  • State Representatives
  • State Transportation Commission
  • State Agencies
  • Governor's Office
  • Academia
  • Cities and Counties
  • Private Sector Businesses
  • Non-profit Entities
  • Underrepresented Communities
Subcommittees
Health & Equity 2 Co-chairs, Lead Agency: 
Department of Health 
Liability 2 Co-chairs, Lead Agency: 
Office of the Insurance Commissioner
Licensing 2 Co-chairs, Lead Agency: 
Department of Licensing 
Infrastructure & Systems 2 Co-chairs, Lead Agency: 
Department of Transportation
Safety 2 Co-chairs, Lead Agencies: 
Traffic Safety Commission & State Patrol 
System Tech. & Data Security 2 Co-chairs, Lead Agency: 
Office of the State Chief Information Officer 
Workforce 2 Co-chairs, Lead Agencies: 
Employment Security Department and Labor & Industries