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Self-Driving Cars Will Be Allowed To Test in New York State

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday, May 10 that New York will start allowing companies to test self-driving vehicles on public roads.

"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," Cuomo said in a statement.

The state is now accepting applications to test these types of vehicles in a pilot program designed to run for one year from interested companies.

While detractors of this rapidly advancing technology point to, changing infrastructure needs, the lack of human input and a handful of accidents, supporters remain confident in autonomous vehicle’s potential to make roads more efficient and safer and reduce the dangers of driver error.

New York’s program comes with a considerable number of regulations that interested companies need to adhere to in order to participate. All tests must have state police oversight that will be paid for by the company doing the testing, reports must be submitted to the state and companies must maintain a $5 million insurance policy.

Tests also must be conducted along predesignated routes shared with the state in advance, and cannot take place in school or construction zones. Companies that have existing self-driving car programs in place are expected to show interest in this program include:

  • Waymo, the self-driving car division of Alphabet Inc. (the parent company of Google)
  • Toyota Motor Corp.
  • Uber Technologies Inc.
  • Ford Motor Co.
  • Tesla Inc.
  • Apple Inc.

All new and emerging technologies come with a certain level of risk, and when tests go wrong it can result in serious injuries. Our attorneys at The Perecman Firm have decades of experience handling all types of car accident, product liability and personal injury cases and are ready to provide experienced legal representation to each new client we take on. Send us information about your situation through our online form to request a free evaluation, or call us at (212) 577-9325 today.

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