U.S. state approves testing of self-driving cars

New York is infamous for having aggressive drivers but that may become a thing of the past now that the Empire State is opening its proverbial doors to self-driving cars. Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo stated that the state is opening a trial period beginning effective immediately.

A test permit must be acquired from the state, and it must be present in the vehicles during the tests. Success reports must be submitted to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles by March 1, 2018.

“New York has emerged as one of the nation’s leading hubs for innovation, and as we invite companies and entrepreneurs to reimagine transportation technology, we will encourage the development of new, safe travel options for New Yorkers,” Cuomo commented.

DMV Executive Deputy Commissioner Terri Egan stressed that New York will embrace the new technology, albeit with an air of caution.

“We need to make sure these vehicles are safely tested on our roads, while providing opportunities for the public to become familiar with this technology,” she said. “This is a balanced approach consistent with New York’s long track record of highway safety as well as innovation.”

Internet media giant Google has developed a self-driving vehicle named Waymo that has been in production since 2009. Six years later, the invention was put to test on public roads and ‘driven’ through four different cities in the United States for nearly three million miles.

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