Autonomous Vehicle (AV) Pilot Program

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AVs may operate in Arkansas under a pilot program established by the State Highway Commission if an exemption is granted by the Arkansas Department of Transportation. To participate in the pilot program, an AV must have proof of insurance, be capable of complying with all traffic laws, including the ability to safely operate at a railroad crossing, and have safety mechanisms in place in the event of a failure. Under the pilot program, a person may operate an AV that is not equipped with seatbelts, a steering wheel, or a rearview mirror, and may operate a maximum of three AVs simultaneously. (Reference Arkansas Code 27-51-2002)