Autonomous Road Vehicles - POST Note

Published 18 September 2013 | POST notes POST PN 443

Amended 15 April 2014

Authors: Chandrika Nath

Topic: Manufacturing industries, Research and innovation, Science

Vehicles capable of driving without human intervention are rapidly moving up the policy agenda. Legislation in Nevada, California and Florida now means that they are being tested on public roads for the first time. This POSTnote reviews recent technological and policy developments in this area. It looks at how road safety, the environment and congestion could be affected, and examines barriers to adoption.

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