When will self-driving cars hit your streets?
Keep your eyes peeled, there could be self-driving cars all around you. These states were some of the early movers in allowing companies to test autonomous vehicles on the road, helped by close proximity to major company headquarters in Detroit and Silicon Valley; and universities such as Carnegie Mellon, Stanford and the University of Michigan. Of course, it helps to have flexible state laws and wide open spaces like in Nevada.
These states may not have been first, but they won't be caught off guard. By passing licensing and testing legislation that eases the path for autonomous vehicles and starting to rethink infrastructure in states such as New York and Florida, local officials have ensured the introduction of self-driving cars won’t be far off — if they aren’t there already.
Down the road
Many of these states are preparing for long-term deployment of self-driving vehicles, through designating testing sites so cars can learn to operate in certain climates or by piloting connected infrastructure projects that will allow autonomous freight on roads.
Look for officials in some of these states, such as Wyoming and Colorado, to make strong economic cases for autonomous technology that could spur action on legislation.
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