06.06.2017 / Blog / Driverless

A Driverless Vehicle Is Officially Coming To NY

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Previously, autonomous driving cars were prohibited by a 1971 state law that requires drivers to keep at least one hand on the steering wheel while the vehicle is in motion.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state of NY will be working in partnership with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) to host a statewide Disaster Response Bootcamp to provide animal water rescue training to the state’s Community Animal Response Teams.

The Democrat says the investment in the youngest New Yorkers is an investment in the state’s “very future” and will help “level the playing field” for children from vulnerable communities. Audi’s demonstration vehicle has already safely logged thousands of miles on limited access highways across the U.S.

“Testing in real-world environments is a key step in our pursuit of safer roads, ‘ said Audi USA President Scott Keogh in the press release”.

Audi was the first vehicle maker to win approval for testing under a provision included in New York’s most recent budget that authorized a year-long testing program for autonomous driving technology.

The state Department of Motor Vehicles this week approved Audi’s application to test the autonomous technology, taking advantage of a measure in the state’s $153 billion budget that authorized a year-long testing program for self-driving cars. Audi plans to conduct a demonstration of self-driving technology in mid June in Albany.

“Autonomous vehicles are a major part of the future of the automotive industry and this pilot program will help ensure NY continues to be a hub of innovation and cutting edge technology”, Cuomo said in a statement Wednesday. The Audi Group is among the most successful luxury automotive brands globally. Audi was the first company to apply.

Audi targets 2021 for driverless car debut

 

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