After the Government of Ontario introduced regulations allowing for the testing of driverless vehicles on the province’s roads and highways, cities like Windsor and Stratford are rightly demonstrating an interest in becoming host sites. These municipalities understand the economic benefits that accompany such testing.
In addition to M-City, the State of Michigan is developing a 330-Acre autonomous vehicle test site.
And the big news of the last few weeks came from US Transportation Secretary Foxx who announced that the Obama administration is proposing to spend nearly $4 billion in a decade to accelerate the acceptance of driverless cars on U.S. roads. Some highlights:
- 10-year, $4 billion push to spark the development of self-driving cars
- unified national regulations on self-driving cars
- work with state governments and the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators within six months to develop cohesive state regulations for autonomous vehicles.
The announcement by Transportation Secretary Foxx was well received by developers of driverless technology, particularly after the draft deployment regulations released on December 16th, 2015 by the California DMV. The Department is currently holding consultations before it finalizes these regulations.