As the race continues to see which company will launch a self-driving vehicle to the North American public, Audi inches closer to that goal via an approved application to test a car of this sorts in New York state. The auto manufacturer is the first-ever car company to receive this type of authorization.
This, after Andrew Cuomo New York’s Governor relayed recently that the state was set to accept these sorts of applications for auto companies to test self-driving cars on New York state roads. The plan for Audi is to begin doing so in mid-June, within the Albany region.
As President of Audi, Scott Keogh, recent stated, the company has led a path for over a decade now when it comes to the development of piloted driving technology and testing these cars in real-world settings is an important step when it comes to pursuing safe roads. Keogh added that the company applauds Governor Cuomo’s leadership and willingness to help define how the future will unravel within New York state currently, and for the future.
MSN reported that the 2018 budget for New York state opened their roads for self-driving testing for a one-year pilot project.
Governor Cuomo also commented on this by noting that his state is a leader nationwide when it comes to innovative highway safety initiatives. He also added that the potential these self-driving cars have when it comes to saving lives on the road is immeasurable.
The company will be testing cars that have Level 3 automation capabilities. The Society of Automobile Engineers (SAE) designation on this is that these vehicles are able to launch specific self-driving features at highway speeds. Two engineers will be on board during testing to monitor safety and the system.
The route was submitted for testing and was approved by state police, who will also be supervising during this time.
Should be interesting to see what comes out of this testing for both Audi and the state of New York.