Pursuing footsteps of Nevada, Florida and California, Michigan is now is reportedly fast tracking the process of passing a legislation to allow testing of autonomous cars or driver-less cars on public roads.
According to a recent report published by The Detroit News, Michigan senator Mike Kowall has said that allowing the testing of autonomous cars on the state’s roads will make sure that research & development (R&D) expenditures and related taxes remains within the state.
Kowall also claimed that a major automotive supplier, Continental, had plans to move its autonomous car research operations to Nevada, where it recently gained one of the state’s licenses for autonomous or driver-less cars.
However, like the laws in other states, Michigan’s legislation will require a driver to be in the driver’s seat during testing of the driver-less car so that the car could be controlled in case of an emergency.
The U.S. Dept. of Transportation’s wide-ranging ‘Car 2 Car’ research program is already in force in Michigan. The program aims to test cars, which by communicating with their surroundings can prevent any accidents.
Nevada was the first state in the United States to allow Google to test its autonomous car on its public roads. Then other two states, viz. Florida and California, passed legislations to allow testing of self-driving cars on their respective roads.
The NHTSA stated during the month of October last year that it was preparing rules setting performance criterions for fully autonomous vehicles.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stated that it has had “numerous” discussions with Google and other firms regarding the skill. Google has anticipated the cars could be obtainable to buyers within a period of 10 years.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Administrator David Strickland stated driverless vehicles could be a “game modifier,” permitting the sightless and aged people who can no longer drive safe and sound to make use of cars.
Automation could have lots other advantages, comprising cutting some of the $100 billion in twelve monthly jamming expenditures and cutting down fuel utilization.