Michigan will be one of four states that allow the testing of autonomous vehicles as long as the governor signs off on the bills approved by legislature. The hope is that research and development taxes pertaining to automobiles stay in Michigan.
Although the autonomous cars will have to have a driver behind the wheel, for security measures, manufacturers will be able to start testing these cars on Michigan roads. Lawmakers say that the test vehicles will have to carry an “M” on the license plate to distinguish them from other vehicles.
The University of Michigan has high hopes that Ann Arbor will become the first U.S city with a fleet of autonomous vehicles. Peter Sweatman, director of U-M Transportation Research Institute, states “we want to demonstrate fully driverless vehicles operating within the whole infrastructure of the city within an eight-year timeline and to show that these can be safe, effective and commercially successful.”
Kirk Steudle, director of Michigan’s DOT hopes that autonomous vehicles will help prevent accidents and bring down the costs of highway infrastructure.
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