Automated Driving: Legislative and Regulatory Action

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This page tracks legislative and regulatory developments related to automated driving (sometimes called autonomous driving). For updates please contact Bryant Walker Smith (blog).


State Bills

Legislatures in the following states are considering or have considered bills related to automated driving.

State Bill Introduced Last_Action Status Description
Arizona HB 2679 2012-01-30 2012-02-09 Failed Transportation Committee Defines "autonomous vehicle" and directs state DOT to adopt rules for license endorsement and for operation, including insurance, safety standards, and testing.
California SB 1298 2012-02-23 2012-03-20 Committee Hearing Cancelled Defines "autonomous vehicle," expressly finds that operation and testing are legal now, and requires DCHP to adopt rules for safe operation and testing. See more.
Florida CS/HB 1207

CS/HB 1207

2012-01-04 2012-03-09 Enrolled As wholly amended, defines "autonomous technology" and "autonomous vehicle," "finds that the state does not prohibit or specifically regulate the testing or operation of autonomous technology in motor vehicles on public roads," specifies that "[a] person who possesses a valid driver license may operate an autonomous vehicle in autonomous mode," addresses liability of the original manufacturer of a vehicle on which a third party has installed autonomous technology, establishes certain conditions under which an autonomous vehicle may be tested, and directs state DHSMV to prepare specific report for the legislature. See more.
Florida SB 1768

SB 1768

2012-01-06 2012-03-09 Tabled for CS/HB 1207 Amended with the text of, and laid on table in favor of, CS/HB 1207.
Hawaii HB 2238 2012-01-23 2012-01-23 In Committee Defines "autonomous motor vehicle" and directs state transportation director to adopt rules for license endorsement and for operation, including insurance, safety standards, and testing.
Nevada AB 511 2011-03-28 2011-06-17 Enacted Defines "autonomous vehicle" and directs state DMV to adopt rules for license endorsement and for operation, including insurance, safety standards, and testing.
Nevada SB 140 2011-02-10 2011-06-17 Enacted Permits the use of handheld wireless communications devices in vehicles that are lawfully operating autonomously.
Oklahoma HB 3007 2012-01-19 2012-02-06 In Committee Defines "autonomous vehicle" and directs state DPS to to adopt rules for license endorsement and for operation, including insurance, safety standards, and testing.

State Regulations

Administrative agencies in the following states are considering or have considered regulations related to automated driving.

State Agency Title Last_Action Status Description
Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles R084-11 2012-03-01 Regulation took effect on March 1, 2012. Further defines "autonomous vehicle," establishes a special driver's license endorsement, and specifies requirements for testing, certification, operation, and safety. See Nevada DMV's Autonomous Driving website.

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