Autonomous Vehicle (AV) Regulations and Committee

A fully autonomous vehicle is defined as a vehicle equipped with an automated driving system that will not require an occupant to operate the real-time and tactical control functions of the vehicle at any time.

The operator of a fully autonomous vehicle is not required to be licensed to operate a motor vehicle. A person may operate a fully autonomous vehicle if the vehicle:

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) created the Fully Autonomous Vehicle Committee to consider matters relevant to AV technology, review state motor vehicle laws, and make recommendations concerning vehicle testing, traffic rules and ordinances, and changes needed to state laws. For more information, see the Automated Vehicles Roadmap for NC website.

(Reference North Carolina General Statutes 20-400 through 20-403)