Automated Driving: Legislative and Regulatory Action
This page tracks legislative and regulatory developments related to automated driving, autonomous driving, and self-driving. For updates please contact Bryant Walker Smith (blog).
Legislatures in the following states are considering or have considered bills related to automated driving.
|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||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||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||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.|
Administrative agencies in the following states are considering or have considered regulations related to automated driving.
|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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