New York has approved testing of autonomous vehicles on public roads.
The state becomes the latest state to welcome the testing of self-driving cars on its roads and is currently accepting applications from companies interested in testing vehicles during a year-long pilot program. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, there are 13 states and the District of Columbia that have passed legislation related to autonomous vehicles, as more and more automakers and companies work towards a self-driving future.
In order to test in New York, manufacturers will have to follow a number of oversight measures and restrictions, such as having a $5-million insurance policy. They will also be required to submit reports to the state, be overseen by the state police and pay the state police for supervising each test. Companies will also not be able to test in construction or school zones and must adhere to a predesignated route shared in advance with the state, reports Reuters.
“We are taking a careful yet balanced approach to incorporating autonomous vehicles on our roads to reduce dangerous driving habits, decrease the number of accidents and save lives on New York roadways,” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in a statement.