The world is still years away from the time when an autonomous car can safely and legally transport its passengers to any destination. But that doesn’t mean self-driving technology isn’t already informing how we design and operate cars today. While technologists and automakers cautiously navigate this thorny paradigm shift, policymakers and regulators have also struggled to strike the right balance between the imperative to protect consumers and the public and the necessity to not stifle innovation and sector development.

The result, unsurprisingly, has been a complex global patchwork of testing, certification and liability frameworks, making compliance across multiple regulatory regimes a unique challenge for the sector.

The Driverless Commute, a service of Dentons' multidisciplinary, multi-jurisdictional self-driving law and public policy practice, has developed a new Global Autonomous Vehicles Index. This interactive index provides effortless access to key self-driving regulations worldwide, including allowing users to create custom comparison charts across multiple jurisdictions*.


This information is not designed to provide legal or other advice. You should not take, or refrain from taking, action based on its content. Please feel free to contact the lawyers and professionals indicated for each jurisdiction if you have questions or queries. If you have questions of a more general nature, about the index or the sector overall, please feel free to contact Autonomous Vehicles practice leader Eric Tanenblatt.

*Note: The United States does not currently have a federal regulatory framework for autonomous vehicle testing and deployment, which are regulated by a patchwork of state-centric laws. In order to address the wide range of approaches to testing and deployment, we have included each US state as a separate jurisdiction for purposes of this index.

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