Nevada enacts law authorizing autonomous (driverless) vehicles
25 June 2011
The Nevada legislature passed AB 511, authorizing the use of autonomous (i.e., driverless) vehicles; the bill was approved by the Governor on 16 June and it enters into law.
Ryan Calo, Director of the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School observes that this appears to be the first law officially to sanction the technology.
The new law charges the Nevada Department of Transportation (DOT) with setting safety and performance standards and requires it to designate areas where driverless cars may be tested.
The passage of the bill has implications for the development of smart cars and vehicle-to-vehicle communication, with benefits in safety and potentially fuel consumption.
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