Autonomous Vehicle (AV) Operation Authorization

AVs may be operated on public roads without a driver present in the vehicle if the AV meets the following requirements:

  • It complies with all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards;
  • It is capable of reaching a reasonably safe state in the event that the automated driving system fails; and
  • It is registered in the state as an AV that can operate without any supervision by a driver
An AV is defined as any vehicle that is equipped with a technology that has the capability to operate the vehicle without the direct control of the driver. (Reference Tennessee Code 55-54-101 to 55-54-108)