With responsible guardrails in place and the ingredi­ents for an innovative hotspot, Texas will continue to lead the nation as the exemplar of responsible tech­nology that seeks to serve humanity, and not the other way around.

Key Points:

  1. While technological hurdles have stalled the development of fully self-driving vehicles, tremendous progress has transpired in the last decade.
  2. While the federal government plays a pronounced role in traditional transportation policy, without federal laws on self-driving vehicles, Texas has led in codifying its own laws.
  3. Despite the opportunities that self-driving vehicles present for humanity, there are significant threats that policymakers ought to consider when crafting legislation.
  4. Texas should advance legislation that promotes driver autonomy and privacy, and should bolster collaboration among companies testing the technology, relevant state agencies, and emergency responders.