In recent history, the state of Nevada has been at the forefront of recognizing the role autonomous vehicles will have in our transportation future. In 2011, Nevada became the first state in the US to authorize the operation of autonomous vehicles by passing Assembly Bill 511. Then to encourage further development of autonomous vehicles, in 2017, the state lawmakers made Assembly Bill 69 law, a measure that authorized fully autonomous vehicles to be tested or operated on state highways, as long as certain safety requirements are met.
Last week, Nevada took another step in evaluating and licensing of autonomous vehicles during an Assembly Growth and Infrastructure Committee hearing to consider Assembly Bill 412. The bill is a measure that would update sections of Nevada law to reflect technological advances in the autonomous vehicle industry.