Automated Vehicle (AV) Testing and Operation Support

Texas state agencies must support the testing and operation of AVs. AV usage is authorized if the driving system complies with traffic or motor vehicle laws and is licensed to operate. Additionally, Avs may operate on highways if the AV complies with state and federal laws, is equipped with a recording device, is registered with the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, and is covered by insurance. AVs are defined as motor vehicles equipped with technology that allows vehicle automation to perform one or more driving functions without the direct control of the driver. In the event of an accident, the vehicle operator must notify local authorities or the Texas Department of Public Safety.

(Reference Texas Statutes, Transportation Code 545.451-545.456)

Jurisdiction: Texas

Type: Laws and Regulations

Enacted: Jun 15, 2017

Technologies: Other

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