New York Gives Green Light to Road-testing Driverless Cars

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May 14, 2017

New York has gotten in line to test driverless cars.

The Empire State will go ahead with a yearlong pilot program of testing, with vehicles conducting those tests on public roads, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. Companies wishing to test their vehicles on some of the more than 6,000 miles of New York's roadways will have to adhere to certain standards, among them a prohibition of testing in construction zones and in school zones.

The state will take a hands-on approach, with manufacturers having to front up for a $5 million insurance policy and also agree to (and agree to pay for) state police supervision of each and every driverless test. 

New York is already moving ahead with installing technology in thousands of vehicles to "talk" to one another on the road and "talk" to traffic lights, part of a multi-state effort funded in part by the federal government.

A total of 33 states have introduced laws to do with driverless vehicles in 2017. States (other than New York) already having laws related to driverless vehicles are these: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, Nevada, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, and Virginia. Washington, D.C., has similar laws.

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