New York starts testing self-driving cars
Companies need a $5 million insurance policy—for each vehicle—to apply.
New York Streets New York is now the latest state to test self-driving cars on its roads. The state is accepting applications—and the list of requirements is sizable. Besides the $5 million insurance required for each autonomous car, vehicles will need a licensed driver behind the wheel, send their testing reports to New York's Department of Motor Vehicles and keep cars away from school zones and construction areas, among other requirements.
Funding for testing is part of a one-year pilot program, paid for through New York's 2018 fiscal year budget. Both self-driving car companies, and those who are developing autonomous technology, are invited to apply.
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