Prof. Bryant Walker Smith Identifies Strategies for States on Autonomous Vehicle Policy

THE COUNCIL OF STATE GOVERNMENTS, 21 JULY 2017, FEAT. PROF. BRYANT WALKER SMITH:

CSG convened the Autonomous and Connected Vehicle Policy Academy June 12-14, 2017 in Detroit. A group of state policymakers from around the country attended the event. The academy included a special briefing by Bryant Walker Smith, assistant professor at the University of South Carolina in the schools of law and engineering. He spoke about the legal and regulatory landscape for autonomous vehicles.

Seven years ago, Bryant Walker Smith wanted to determine whether it was legal for autonomous vehicles to test on public roads around the country so he took it upon himself to read the state vehicle codes of all 50 states. His conclusion was outlined in a white paper originally issued in 2012. Its title: “Automated Vehicles Are Probably Legal in the United States.”

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