Where It’s Legal To Take A Self-Driving Car For A Spin

Feb 04, 2015 at 11:54 AM ET

At some point in the not-too-distant future, you’ll be plugging an address into your car’s dashboard and leaning back to enjoy the ride. Uber is developing autonomous cabs and Google has already built its own self-driving robo-car.  Even Apple is working on a mysterious project that looks a lot like a self-driving minivan.

Forget what your insurance company might think. The real question is whether or not that’s even legal. Right now, states are trying to figure out the answer to that question.

In blue states—California, Nevada, Florida and Michigan—legislators have passed bills to regulate autonomous cars. But each state has slightly different language for what is and is not permissible. In California, for instance, the car must have a driver with a valid driver’s licence in the front seat. Michigan, on the other hand, allows driverless cars, but only for testing purposes.

The data here is compiled by Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society. You can access the map and much more information here.