Self-Driving Cars: Legal Status Across the US

With Google's AV moving around California's public roads, autonomous cars are now closer to being a reality. But are they legal? In case of damage, how do liability and insurance work? What exactly can be classified as an autonomous vehicle?

Up to a few years ago, no US law envisioned AV. Therefore, there were no regulations and they couldn't be couldn't be considered illegal or prohibited. Nevada was the first state to adopt some kind on legislation on this matter, back in 2011. Since then, other 7 states have passed a bill regarding the autonomous vehicles. In this resource we started collecting the major bills enacted, pending and failed in the different US states. We then imported all the data in Silk, so that it's now fully interactive, visualizable and shareable.

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State's AV Legislation Status
State AV Legislation Status
No Provision20

Methodological note: We retrieved most of the data from Open States, combining it with information from legal overview projects by Stanfrord University and  the National Conference of State Legislatures. Our last update was done on June 8th. We tried to be as accurate and comprehensive as possible, but should you any remarks please drop us a line at

Outcome of Bills Regarding Autonomous Vehicles

States By AV Legislation Status

States with Enacted AV Legislation

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