WASHINGTON — Nat Wienecke, senior vice president, federal government relations at the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) issued the following statement applauding the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee for adopting a bipartisan amendment to the “American Vision for Safer Transportation through Advancement of Revolutionary Technologies (AV START) Act” that addresses access to data generated by self-driving cars. The amendment was offered by Senators James Inhofe (R-OK), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Dean Heller (R-NV), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI).
“PCI is pleased the Committee adopted a bipartisan amendment to the AV START Act to create an advisory committee that will address data access and sharing issues, and include insurer representation,” said Wienecke. “It is critical that insurers have access to data from automated vehicles so that they may promptly handle claims and compensate accident victims. Access to data is also necessary for insurers to support the rapidly emerging technology with new insurance products. We thank Senator Thune and the sponsors of the amendment for this important step, and for working with us on this insurance priority. We urge the Senate to pass the AV START Act.”