Insurance representatives told California lawmakers Wednesday that access todata generated by autonomous vehicles will be key to theirindustry's ability to write policies and assess liability in theemerging market. RyanGammelgard, counsel for State Farm Insurance Company Inc., told theSenate Insurance Committee that underwriters are not seekinginformation "on every aspect of [a] vehicle." But they do want datathat shows driverless-car technology "actually does what itadvertises it's doing."

Demand for data

"Data access is essential to develop proper pricing andunderwriting of vehicles, critical for liability determinations andfrom the general public's perspective, important in determining thesafety and reliability of the technology," Gammelgard said.

"In some situations there may have to be a determination of:Where does this vehicle go?" he added. "What is it allowed to do?There are going to be some challenges in terms of those issues and[asking]: Is there a way to still preserve those privacy rightswhile at the same time making sure that we can verify that thetechnology actually does what it advertises it's doing?"

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Cheryl Miller

Cheryl Miller, based in Sacramento, covers the state legislature and emerging industries, including autonomous vehicles and marijuana. She authors the weekly cannabis newsletter Higher Law. Contact her at [email protected]. On Twitter: @CapitalAccounts