Autonomous Vehicles

There are currently 38 states along with the District of Columbia that have enacted legislation or issues executive orders regarding Autonomous Vehicles (AVs).

  • 5 states simply authorize a study, define key terms or state contacts, or authorize funding
  • 12 states authorize testing, while 16 states and the District of Columbia authorize full deployment. Of these, 18 states now allow testing or deployment without a human operator in the vehicle.
  • 4 states regulate truck platooning.

More information on state AV laws as well as recommendations for states considering AV legislation can be found in GHSA's report Preparing for Automated Vehicles: Traffic Safety Issues for States.

Source: NCSL, IIHS

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There are currently 37 states along with the District of Columbia that have enacted legislation or issues executive orders regarding Autonomous Vehicles (AVs).

Waymo

Building on the shared belief that autonomous vehicles (AV) have the potential to make our roads safer, GHSA is partnering with Waymo to educate key stakeholders and the public through their Let’s Talk Self-Driving campaign. GHSA’s AV policy supports the development and deployment of this technology to “improve road safety, mobility and convenience.”

Trump Administration Launches Online Platform to Build Public Trust in Driverless Vehicles

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced a federal effort to build public trust in autonomous vehicle development, creating an online platform that allows tech companies and governments to share safety information and testing data.

Trump Administration Launches Online Platform to Build Public Trust in Driverless Vehicles

Story by Daniel Moore
June 15, 2020

Who’s responsible when a driverless vehicle is in a crash? Answer still unclear

Who is liable when an autonomous vehicle is involved in a car crash?

It’s a question yet to be answered, and one the Governors Highway Safety Association broached in a recently released white paper the association will present at its annual meeting Aug. 26 in Anaheim, Calif.

Who’s responsible when a driverless vehicle is in a crash? Answer still unclear

Story by Nicole C. Brambila
August 19, 2019

GHSA Joins PAVE Coalition to Increase Driver Knowledge about Automated Vehicle Safety

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 9, 2019

CONTACT: Madison Forker, 202-580-7930

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Amidst growing public questions and concerns about current and future automated vehicle (AV) technology, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) is pleased to announce that it has joined Partners for Automated Vehicle Education (PAVE).

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