Law, Policy, and Regulation

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Earn a digital badge after successful completion of the module.


A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of Course I and/or Course II.

Must pass assessments with 80% or higher to receive a certificate and digital badge.


Law, Policy, and Regulation focuses on the potential that new mobility systems have to transform the way people and goods move about, creating significant legal, regulatory, and policy issues. This module covers everything from the current structure of mobility law to broader societal issues such as transportation priorities, data use, and equity. You will learn about local, state, and federal laws impacting mobility, along with the evolving regulations around new technologies like connected vehicles and ride-sharing apps.


You will finish this Law, Policy, and Regulation module with a strong understanding of the many legal, regulatory, and policy implications of modern mobility.


The Current Structure of Mobility Law and Regulation

  • Local Law/Regulation
    • Local Traffic Law/Law Enforcement
    • Transportation Planning/Land Use
    • Public Transit
    • Funding – Public vs. Private 
  • State Law/Regulation
    • State Traffic Law/Law Enforcement
    • Drivers Licensing 
    • Vehicle Registration
    • Transportation Planning/Land Use
    • Public Transit
    • Funding – Public vs. Private 
  • Federal Law/Regulation
    • Federal Regulations 
    • USDOT and its Agencies

Law, Regulation, and New Mobility Technology 

  • Connected and Automated Vehicles
    • Legal Issues
    • Local vs. State vs. Federal Control
  • Ride Sharing
    • Ability to Regulate – State vs. Local Government
    • Similarities and Differences to Regulating Taxis
    • Additional Considerations (e.g. Employment Law)
  • Micro-Mobility
    • How Cities Have Handled Micro-Mobility 
  • Drones/Urban Air Mobility
    • Current FAA regulation
    • Role of States/Cities/etc.
  • Speculative Technologies
    • The Hyperloop – How Governments Are Exploring Speculative Technologies
    • Policy Debate
    • Regulatory Challenges

Additional Legal, Regulatory, and Policy Issues

  • Transportation Priorities
    • What do Communities Want and Need?
    • How do Governments Determine Such Priorities? 
  • Data Generated by Mobility Technologies
    • Ownership and Privacy
  • Government Use of Data
    • Police Access
  • Equity – Who Are These Systems For?
    • Accessibility 
    • Access Across Economic Statuses 
  • You will have access to the Law, Policy, and Regulation module for 60 days.
  • This module contains 6-7 hours of required recorded material and an associated testing assessment.
  • The module also includes supplemental reading material to bolster your knowledge.

You must successfully complete the module topics, readings, and testing assessment with an 80% pass rate to earn a digital badge for the Law, Policy, and Regulation module.

To earn a Certificate in Foundations of Mobility, consider enrolling in our 15-week courses: Course I: Mobility Behavior & Technology and Course II: Mobility System Design, Finance & Regulation.

There are no prerequisites for the Law, Policy, and Regulation module. 

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Ian Williams

Ian Williams, Esq

  • Fellow for the Law and Mobility Program, School of Law

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