[Rev. 11/21/2013 12:03:03 PM--2013]

CHAPTER 482A - AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

NRS 482A.010        Definitions.

NRS 482A.020        “Artificial intelligence” defined. [Repealed.]

NRS 482A.025        “Autonomous technology” defined.

NRS 482A.030        “Autonomous vehicle” defined.

NRS 482A.040        “Highway” defined.

NRS 482A.050        “Sensors” defined. [Repealed.]

NRS 482A.060        Testing autonomous vehicle: Requirement for insurance or bond.

NRS 482A.070        Testing autonomous vehicle: Requirements for safety and control of vehicle.

NRS 482A.080        Vehicle to meet federal standards and regulations for registration; requirements for testing or operating upon highways in this State.

NRS 482A.090        Manufacturer not liable for certain damages.

NRS 482A.100        Adoption of regulations to authorize operation; requirements.

NRS 482A.200        Endorsement on driver’s license to operate; regulations.

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      NRS 482A.010  Definitions.  As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires, the words and terms defined in NRS 482A.025, 482A.030 and 482A.040 have the meanings ascribed to them in those sections.

      (Added to NRS by 2011, 2876; A 2013, 2010)

      NRS 482A.020  “Artificial intelligence” defined.  Repealed. (See chapter 377, Statutes of Nevada 2013, at page 2010.)

 

      NRS 482A.025  “Autonomous technology” defined.  “Autonomous technology” means technology which is installed on a motor vehicle and which has the capability to drive the motor vehicle without the active control or monitoring of a human operator. The term does not include an active safety system or a system for driver assistance, including, without limitation, a system to provide electronic blind spot detection, crash avoidance, emergency braking, parking assistance, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assistance, lane departure warning, or traffic jam and queuing assistance, unless any such system, alone or in combination with any other system, enables the vehicle on which the system is installed to be driven without the active control or monitoring of a human operator.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 2009)

      NRS 482A.030  “Autonomous vehicle” defined.  “Autonomous vehicle” means a motor vehicle that is equipped with autonomous technology.

      (Added to NRS by 2011, 2876; A 2013, 2010)

      NRS 482A.040  “Highway” defined.  “Highway” means the entire width between the boundary lines of every way dedicated to a public authority when any part of the way is open to the use of the public for purposes of vehicular traffic, whether or not the public authority is maintaining the way.

      (Added to NRS by 1969, 1478; A 1981, 1690)

      NRS 482A.050  “Sensors” defined.  Repealed. (See chapter 377, Statutes of Nevada 2013, at page 2010.)

 

      NRS 482A.060  Testing autonomous vehicle: Requirement for insurance or bond.  Before a person or entity begins testing an autonomous vehicle on a highway within this State, the person or entity must:

      1.  Submit to the Department proof of insurance or self-insurance acceptable to the Department in the amount of $5,000,000; or

      2.  Make a cash deposit or post and maintain a surety bond or other acceptable form of security with the Department in the amount of $5,000,000.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 2009)

      NRS 482A.070  Testing autonomous vehicle: Requirements for safety and control of vehicle.  If an autonomous vehicle is being tested on a highway within this State, a human operator must be:

      1.  Seated in a position which allows the human operator to take immediate manual control of the autonomous vehicle;

      2.  Monitoring the safe operation of the autonomous vehicle; and

      3.  Capable of taking over immediate manual control of the autonomous vehicle in the event of a failure of the autonomous technology or other emergency.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 2009)

      NRS 482A.080  Vehicle to meet federal standards and regulations for registration; requirements for testing or operating upon highways in this State.

      1.  An autonomous vehicle shall not be registered in this State unless the autonomous vehicle meets all federal standards and regulations that are applicable to a motor vehicle.

      2.  An autonomous vehicle shall not be tested or operated on a highway within this State unless the autonomous vehicle is:

      (a) Equipped with a means to engage and disengage the autonomous technology which is easily accessible to the human operator of the autonomous vehicle;

      (b) Equipped with a visual indicator located inside the autonomous vehicle which indicates when autonomous technology is operating the autonomous vehicle;

      (c) Equipped with a means to alert the human operator to take manual control of the autonomous vehicle if a failure of the autonomous technology has been detected and such failure affects the ability of the autonomous technology to operate safely the autonomous vehicle; and

      (d) Capable of being operated in compliance with the applicable motor vehicle laws and traffic laws of this State.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 2009)

      NRS 482A.090  Manufacturer not liable for certain damages.  The manufacturer of a motor vehicle that has been converted by a third party into an autonomous vehicle is not liable for damages to any person injured due to a defect caused by the conversion of the motor vehicle or by any equipment installed to facilitate the conversion unless the defect that caused the injury was present in the vehicle as originally manufactured.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 2009)

      NRS 482A.100  Adoption of regulations to authorize operation; requirements.

      1.  The Department shall adopt regulations authorizing the operation of autonomous vehicles on highways within the State of Nevada.

      2.  The regulations required to be adopted by subsection 1 must:

      (a) Set forth requirements that an autonomous vehicle must meet before it may be operated on a highway within this State;

      (b) Set forth requirements for the insurance that is required to test or operate an autonomous vehicle on a highway within this State;

      (c) Establish minimum safety standards for autonomous vehicles and their operation;

      (d) Provide for the testing of autonomous vehicles;

      (e) Restrict the testing of autonomous vehicles to specified geographic areas; and

      (f) Set forth such other requirements as the Department determines to be necessary.

      (Added to NRS by 2011, 2876)

      NRS 482A.200  Endorsement on driver’s license to operate; regulations.  The Department shall by regulation establish a driver’s license endorsement for the operation of an autonomous vehicle on the highways of this State. The driver’s license endorsement described in this section must, in its restrictions or lack thereof, recognize the fact that a person is not required to actively drive an autonomous vehicle.

      (Added to NRS by 2011, 2873)