NY Governor Andrew Cuomo announces that the state will begin accepting applications from companies to test Autonomous Vehicle on public roads in New York State.
Gov Cuomo said- “With this action, 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,”.
New York City will get an opportunity to join California, Nevada and Arizona and many other cities. Currently, the testing period extends expires April 1, 2018 but can be extended, state budget permitting.
“While we all are familiar with the idea that self-driving cars will one day likely be commonplace, the reality is that there is a long road ahead before we get there. We need to make sure these vehicles are safely tested on our roads, while providing opportunities for the public to become familiar with this technology. This is a balanced approach consistent with New York’s long track record of highway safety as well as innovation.” – said DMV official Terri Egan.
The announcement has included the standard fare, noting that a licensed driver will have to be present in the driver’s seat at all times while on public highways and that the car must comply with federal safety standards and New York state inspection rules.
"The State Police applaud any new and advanced technology that will improve safety on our roadways and reduce accidents, injuries and fatalities. Any new technology, no matter how innovative, needs to be tested and evaluated appropriately and the State Police will perform its due diligence to oversee this process and ensure its effectiveness."- said New York State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II.
Each self- driving vehicle which will get tested must be listed in the application and covered by a $5 million insurance policy.