Connected and Automated Vehicles

“Today, connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technology is increasingly helping drivers travel more safely and efficiently on Wisconsin’s roadways. Wisconsin DOT has taken the lead role in state government to ensure that Wisconsin is prepared to take full advantage of the opportunities CAVs will present.”- Secretary Craig Thompson

Current Legal Status of Automated, Autonomous, or Self-Driving Vehicles

Wisconsin state law currently requires an operator to be behind the wheel and in physical control of a vehicle at all times while driving on Wisconsin roadways.

As with any other vehicle that is operated on the roadway, the operator or owner is responsible for the appropriate and safe operation of the vehicle while driving it. This includes the use of any technology the vehicle is equipped with, any malfunctions of the vehicle, and adherence with current state law and the Rules-of-the-Road.


Brad Basten
Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Division of Budget and Strategic Initiatives
(608) 266-0786