Half of states embrace autonomous vehicles despite consumer fears

Kentucky and South Dakota this year joined the growing roster moving toward deployment.
This is a self-driving Locomation truck parked at the Pittsburgh International Airport in Imperial, Pa., Wednesday, April 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Twenty-five states have enacted laws that pave the way for the deployment of autonomous vehicles, illustrating the technology’s growing acceptance among lawmakers despite consumer unease.

Kentucky became the latest state to take the step in April, when the Republican-led legislature overrode Gov. Andy Beshear’s (D) veto of a bill to allow driverless AVs, as well as platoons of two electronically connected semi-trucks to ply the roads of the Bluegrass State. South Dakota lawmakers also passed a law this year to allow fully autonomous vehicles to operate on public roads without a human driver, if certain conditions are met.

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