Regulation Needed to Keep Pace with Autonomous Vehicle Technology

Automakers and technology companies will meet at the World Economic Forum this week to discuss the industry’s hot button issues, including the regulation of autonomous vehicles.  The federal government had pledged its support to autonomous vehicle development, but has largely left the regulatory decisions to state and local governments.  Currently, only a few states have passed legislation concerning the testing of driverless cars.  No state expressly permits fully driverless vehicles on its roads.  Commentators suggest states may be hampered by the practicalities of drafting legislation for vehicles that are not even on the market.

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