Colorado inching closer to welcoming driverless vehicles to its roads

By AUVSI News posted 19-05-2017 12:00


According to CBS Denver, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is expected to sign a bill that would allow driverless vehicles to be tested on the roads in the state, after state lawmakers gave the bill the green light.

The bill would permit the vehicles to be tested on Colorado roads, as long as they follow the rules of the road, or receive special permission from State Patrol and CDOT.

Legislation bars local governments from setting different standards.

“All this bill says is, as this technology develops, we’re going to treat these cars just like any other car,” says Rep. Owen Hill, who sponsored the bill.

When speaking about the potential benefits of the vehicles, Hill says, “there’s a commercial for a car that can parallel park itself. Think about how much anxiety that takes away from folks like my grandmother.”

All in all, Hill is excited about the potential that this technology could have in the state.

“It’s amazing how quickly this is evolving. And because it moves so quickly, we want to make sure that state regulation doesn’t get in the way and prevent these things before they have the chance to actually improve people’s lives.”

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