Are self-driving cars legal to use in Texas?

I’ve been reading a lot about self-driving cars, and as soon as they hit the market I want to buy one. I know that it’s still a few years away, but I want to make sure that I can buy one if I live in Houston. In Texas, are self-driving cars legal?

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Answer provided by
Eric Schad
Answered on Jun 14, 2022
Like every other state in the country, self-driving cars are legal in Texas. However, Texas has passed two laws since 2017 that involve the usage of self-driving vehicles:
  • The self-driving car must use a connected braking system to maintain a safe distance between the self-driving car and other vehicles.
  • The operator of the self-driving car must have at least remote control of the car, as well as be licensed to operate a self-driving car. In this case, no driver is required to be behind the wheel while the automated vehicle is in operation.
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