Automated Vehicle Policy and Regulation: A State Perspective Workshop: Summary

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


A workshop held on May 18, 2016, at the University of Maryland focused on key principles that should govern state policy decisions intended to ensure the safe operation of autonomous vehicles (AVs). The patchwork approach taken by early state adopters had primarily addressed only testing of these vehicles. As uncertainties in technology and business models play out, and in the absence of more suitable policies and regulations, states are relying on laws created for conventional vehicles to govern AV operations. The workshop addressed these challenges with three panel discussions that examined the underpinnings of policy development, factors affecting policy decisions, and the ultimate impact of AVs in a number of areas, including economic competitiveness; quality of mobility, particularly for disabled community; and energy use and emissions.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2016

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-5400-66576


  • disabled community
  • economic competitiveness
  • emissions
  • energy use
  • quality of mobility


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