Dentons releases its new Global Autonomous Vehicle Index
Law firm Dentons announced that it has developed what it calls the Global Autonomous Vehicles (AV) Index. The index, which is built on the firm’s proprietary technology and free to use, compares countries across multiple jurisdictions in specific areas that impact the testing and deployment of AVs.
Varying scenarios that the AV Index highlights include:
- In Canada, regulations do not require a human driver in a vehicle when testing AVs; not so in Australia.
- When looking at insurance requirements for driverless-testing, China requires each organization to buy the compulsory liability insurance for traffic accidents for each vehicle; not so in Germany.
- In the Netherlands, there are no specific vehicle-safety requirements for AVs. While in Russia, an AV must satisfy a general technical standard for cars used on public roads as well as special safety requirements.
- Stateside, California permits driverless trucks and autonomous platooning, but New York has yet to come out with any guidelines on the matter.
With the tool, users can select up to three countries or U.S. states and learn how they compare in following areas:
- Do regulations permit, restrict, or prohibit the testing of driverless vehicles?
- Are safety standards for manufacture, use, and operation of driverless vehicles enforced through self-certification or an approval or application process?
- Are there any specific hardware or software requirements for driverless vehicles?
- What are the insurance requirements related to driverless-vehicle testing?
- Are backup drivers or remote operators required to test driverless vehicles? What are the requirements for test driver training and licensing?
- Are autonomous vehicle networks permitted?
"Self-driving technology is already informing and shaping how automakers and technology companies design and operate cars,” said Eric Tanenblatt, Global Chair of Dentons’ Public Policy and Regulation practice and the leader of the firm's Autonomous Vehicles group. "And now, with an increased pressure to accelerate driverless technology to make a more touch-free world, technologists and automakers need to understand how to navigate this new legal and regulatory territory."
The AV Index builds off the Global Guide to Autonomous Vehicles 2020, which the firm released earlier this year to examine front-burner issues related to AVs, regulatory and policy changes, new legal precedents, and global trends shaping the sector across seven countries. The index further explores the topic of testing and deployment and expands its purview to 15 countries in addition to separate categories for each of the 50 U.S. states, plus the District of Columbia.
For more information, visit www.dentons.com.