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Automated Vehicles – Enacted Legislation in North Carolina

As of December 2017,  North Carolina legislation established regulations for the operation of fully autonomous motor vehicles on public highways.  House Bill 469 defines what constitutes a “fully autonomous vehicle,” as well as stating the requirements necessary to operate fully autonomous vehicles on North Carolina roadways. The bill further specifies that a driver’s license is not required for an autonomous vehicle operator, and requires an adult be in the vehicle if a person under 12 is in the vehicle.  This legislation also preempts local regulation and establishes the Fully Autonomous Vehicle Committee.  To read HB 469 in its entirety, see https://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2017/Bills/House/PDF/H469v7.pdf .

House Bill 716, modified the follow-too-closely law to allow platooning. To view HB 716 (2017) in its entirety, see  https://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2017/Bills/House/PDF/H716v5.pdf.