Autonomous Cars Could Hit New York Streets In 2018

Autonomous vehicles could hit the streets of New York as early as next year.

Although the state is unlikely to become as open to self-driving vehicles as California or Arizona in the near future, lawmakers recently approved legislation as part of the annual budget which will enable companies to test driverless cars on New York’s roads in 2018.

The main reason why companies developing self-driving tech haven’t been able to deploy it in New York is because of a 45-year-old law that requires motorists to have at least one hand on the steering wheel at all times. However, the changes have temporarily paused this legislation.

The Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association (GNYADA) which operates the New York Auto Show, says it has been working closely with the Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo to permit autonomous vehicles to test in the state.

“Our involvement in the issue really began as we started to plan our Empire State of Mobility Conference for this year’s New York Auto Show and we realized that we would not be able to have any real-time demonstrations of autonomous vehicles for government officials and the media. It just didn’t make sense. The whole world looks to New York City as a place where trends begin and news is made, yet there was no provision for this important game-changing technology to be tested in the most populous and diverse city in the nation,” GNYADA president Mark Schienberg said.

PHOTO GALLERY

  • BqWsRe

    How they don’t crash like the Tesla’s do…

    Autonomous cars are great for grandma’s and the uber lazy. But imagine how boring the world would be without driving.

    • Status

      It’s not the boringness. The efficiency gains of not having to wait in traffic for a human-created gridlock to resolve itself is an instant plus for commuters and transport companies.

  • gary4205

    And the bodies will start piling up on NYC streets starting in 2018.

    • Status

      No more so than what NYC was like in the 1970s.

  • Infinite1

    It’s one step closer to autonomous cars for NY

  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    As long as they don’t hit other cars and pedestrians.

2019 Lincoln Nautilus’ Steering Tech May Not Detect If Driver Has Hands Off The Wheel

In some cars, if you take your hands off the steering wheel, the system won’t detect it.

Watch Nitwit Driver Pull A Mustang In An Infiniti Q50

Stupidity and public roads shouldn’t mix.

2020 Chevrolet Tracker Gets An Early Reveal In China

Chevrolet’s latest crossover is aimed at markets such as China, Mexico and South America.

Cadillac’s Electric Crossover Is Three Years Away, But Could Have A Range Of Nearly 400 Miles

In typical fashion, Cadillac will best late to an increasingly important segment.

This 2002 BMW 330i E46 Was Only Driven 560 Miles Per Year!

This 17 year old car looks virtually brand new and it can be yours for $17,500.

Russian Driver Really Didn’t Want His Kia To Get Towed

This took place in Moscow and only the Kia was hurt in the process.

All-New Lincoln Crossover Teased, Is One Of 20+ Models Coming In Next Two Years

Ford is also gearing up to launch the Bronco, Baby Bronco and Mustang-inspired electric crossover.

Zotye SR9 Chinese Macan Clone Gets A Facelift, Looks Less Porsche-y

The Chinese Macan knock-off now comes with a redesigned front fascia plus a new, 177 HP 1.8 turbo four.

Toyota Supra Chief Engineer Says It Can Lap The Nurburgring In 7:40

Tetsuya Tada thinks the all-new Supra can easily drop below 8 minutes if they remove the speed limiter.

Focus RS-Powered Ford Transit Is Our Kind Of Van

The afterhours project is joined by newer Transit Connect, with the Mk3 Focus ST’s running gear .