By Tzung-bor (Chung) Wei

US regulation of autonomous vehicles remains nascent and dispersed. This fragmented environment means that states have emerged as important laboratories of democracy. Since 2011, when Nevada became the first state to authorize the operation of autonomous vehicles, more than 30 states have enacted legislation or issued executive orders relating to autonomous vehicles. These states are experimenting with a wide range of approaches, some cautious and others more ambitious.

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