Driverless cars are coming to New York roads — sort of
New York is gearing up for the brave new world of driverless cars.
A measure in the new state budget will allow self-driving vehicles on public highways next year.
But don’t expect the autonomous vehicles to rule the road anytime soon, as the measure only applies to tests and demonstrations.
Self-driving cars are currently banned because of a decades-old law requiring drivers to keep one hand on the wheel at all times.
The new measure will alter that for car testing that has been approved by the state DMV.
The testing will also need to take place under “direct supervision of the New York State Police,” a source said. A licensed driver will have to be in the car as well.
The Senate passed the measure on Tuesday, and the Assembly approved it Wednesday.
Ride-sharing company Uber has been testing driverless cars in cities
such as Pittsburgh, Pa., and Phoenix, Ariz., and plans to eventually
bring them to New York City, company officials have said.