Autonomous Vehicles Officially Approved in Michigan
As expected, Governor Rick Snyder has officially signed legislation that will allow testing of self-driving cars in the state of Michigan.
The laws were approved by state legislation about two weeks ago and will allow automakers, auto suppliers and companies such as Google to test autonomous vehicles on Michigan’s roads. However, the law will require that a person be present in the driver’s seat of the test vehicle at all times to monitor performance and to step in if there’s an emergency.
Test vehicles in the state will carry an “M” license plate to identify that they’re self-driving cars and Michigan becomes the fourth state to allow the technology on its roadways, joining California, Florida and Nevada.
“Michigan is the automotive capital of the world,” Snyder said in a statement released Friday. “By allowing the testing of automated, driverless cars today, we will stay at the forefront in automotive technological advances that will make driving safer and more efficient in the future.”
[Source: The Detroit News]