Code of the District of Columbia

§ 50–2352. Autonomous vehicles permitted.

An autonomous vehicle may operate on a public roadway; provided, that the vehicle:

(1) Has a manual override feature that allows a driver to assume control of the autonomous vehicle at any time;

(2) Has a driver seated in the control seat of the vehicle while in operation who is prepared to take control of the autonomous vehicle at any moment; and

(3) Is capable of operating in compliance with the District’s applicable traffic laws and motor vehicle laws and traffic control devices.

(Apr. 23, 2013, D.C. Law 19-278, § 3, 60 DCR 2119; Dec. 23, 2020, D.C. Law 23-156, § 2(b), 67 DCR 13048.)


Applicability of D.C. Law 23-156: § 3 of D.C. Law 23-156 provided that the repeal of this section by § 2(b) of D.C. Law 23-156 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.