Automated Driving: Legislative and Regulatory Action

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This page tracks legislative and regulatory developments related to automated driving, autonomous driving, and self-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 2012-04-10 Committee Hearing As amended, defines "autonomous technology" and "autonomous vehicle," finds that the state "presently does not prohibit or specifically regulate the operation of autonomous vehicles," and permits operation either for testing (pursuant to certain requirements) or following certification of certain conditions by the "manufacturer." FURTHER AMENDMENTS PENDING.
Florida CS/HB 1207

CS/HB 1207

2012-01-04 2012-03-30 Presented to Governor 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 2012-03-01 Substituted Amended to the exclusion of all autonomous driving provisions (which previously defined "autonomous motor vehicle" and directed state transportation director to adopt rules for license endorsement and for operation, including insurance, safety standards, and testing). See also HB 163/HCR 212 below:
Hawaii HB 163

HCR 212

2012-03-14 2012-03-30 In Committee Asks state DOT to review law and policy related to "driverless cars" and directs it to provide findings and legislative suggestions by 2013. Note that "HCR" is a House Concurrent Resolution.
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 2012-02-07 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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