Global Survey of Autonomous Vehicle Regulations

Most people today realize it is only a matter of time before self-driving vehicles revolutionize our transportation and delivery systems. While breakthroughs in self-driving technologies have thus far come from a cluster of star companies such as Google Waymo, Ford, GM, and Tesla, the important role of lawmakers and local authorities in the research and development process cannot be overlooked.

Without government permits, testing self-driving cars on public roads is almost universally illegal. The Vienna Convention on Road Traffic, an international treaty that has regulated international road traffic since 1968, stipulates that a human driver must always remain fully in control of and responsible for the behaviour of their vehicle in traffic.

European and North American countries such as the US, Germany, UK, and Netherlands were pioneers of self-driving vehicle licensing, and have introduced regulations for self-driving cars on public roads and issued autonomous testing permits. Asian countries quickly caught up and have been enacting similar legislation over the last three years.

Synced surveyed the international regulations, and here are our picks of major regions and countries that are accommodating the testing and deployment of autonomous driving technologies on their public roads.

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