Spain is working to expand rules for self-driving vehicles and on modifications to insurance law, aiming to offer an overall legal framework for autonomous driving.
The regulation of autonomous-driving tests currently comes from an instruction approved in November 2015 by the Direccion General de Trafico (DGT). The rule encompasses all self-driving cars up to Level 5, which means full autonomy on all roads and under any conditions.
Automakers and suppliers have conducted various demonstrations of autonomous-driving vehicles under local authorizations for specific itineraries. Some examples were PSA Group between Vigo and Madrid and the Valeo European Hands Off Tour.
DGT Director General Gregorio Serrano told the Spanish press that the DGT will propose a new “strategic plan for the vehicle of the 21st century” by the end of the current legislature – by 2020 at the latest.
In January, the DGT and Mobileye agreed to a collaboration intended “to reduce road accidents and prepare Spain’s infrastructure ecosystem and regulatory policy for the driving of autonomous vehicles.” Mobileye, an Israeli company specializing in vision technology, was acquired by Intel in 2017.