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The NLC’s policy preparation guide for autonomous
vehicles helps target the questions, concerns and
opportunities cities need to start discussing to address
policies and legal issues that need to be determined.
In addition to posing the difficult questions to be
grappled with, they have five recommendations
to help in preparing our cities and streets.
NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES: A
POLICY PREPARATION GUIDE
• AVs are on our roads today, so start planning now.
• Policy development needs to be with the
right people at the table.
• Track and monitor federal and state
developments and make your voices heard.
• Begin planning infrastructure needs and building
data and computing capacity to
position your city to take advantage
of an automated mobility future.
Between 2014 and 2017, the Brooking Institution
research stated at least $80 billion has been put into
driverless car technology through investments and
transactions. In addition to the investment in the
technology, the U.S. Congress has taken steps in
creating federal laws governing testing and deployment.
Last fall, a House panel approved the SELF DRIVE
Act, and the following month the Senate Commerce
Committee passed a similar bill, the AV START Act.
H.R. 3388 • SELF DRIVE ACT
Safely Ensuring Lives Future Deployment
and Research in Vehicle Evolution Act
This bill establishes the federal role in ensuring the safety
of highly automated vehicles by encouraging the testing
and deployment of such vehicles. The bill applies certain
safety exemptions and testing standards to highly automated
vehicles. It passed the House and was referred to the Senate
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
S.1885 • AV START ACT
American Vision for Safer Transportation through
Advancement of Revolutionary Technologies
It supports and provides a regulatory framework for
manufacturer development of autonomous vehicle
technology. It was placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar.