Self-Driving Cars Banned in British Columbia

One of the biggest provinces in Canada is making the use of autonomous vehicles illegal on public roads. British Columbia has banned self-driving vehicles that exceed an SAE autonomy rating of Level 2, which makes the operation of any vehicle with Levels 3, 4, and 5 illegal in the interest of public safety. The ban is part of an update to B.C.’s Motor Vehicle Act that went into effect on April 5, 2024, after being proposed by legislators in 2023.

The provincial government says this latest update of the “Motor Vehicle Act prohibits a person from driving, or permitting the driving of, a Level 3, 4 or 5 automated vehicle. This means that highly automated self-driving vehicles cannot yet be driven on public roads in B.C., nor can highly automated self-driving features be used…”

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