A number of states and countries have either legalized teleoperation or mandated it. Outside the U.S., laws mandating teleoperation exist in Ontario, Japan, Finland, the Netherlands and England. In the U.S., Arizona, California, Michigan, Ohio, Texas and now Florida have all mandated teleoperation. Other states such as Georgia, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina and Tennessee have laws allowing the use of teleoperation, although they do not mandate it specifically.
Florida’s legalization of teleoperation is a show of maturity on behalf of both legislators and the AV industry, and we expect to see more jurisdictions adopting similar measures going forward. Legislation has been lagging AV technology, but it’s starting to catch up.