New York has been talking about self-driving vehicles for the last four years.  The first obstacle was a New York Law that requires to have at least one hand on the wheel while the car is in motion.  In late April, 2017, Governor Andrew Cuomo stepped in and set aside that law to jumpstart a one year pilot program that gives self-driving companies access to New York roadways.  New York began accepting applications for companies in testing autonomous vehicles.  Audi was the first to receive approval.  Self-driving cars are the next frontier in transportation with potential to vastly improve traffic safety on New York roadways.

According to an article in The Journal News on June 25, 2017, by Thomas C. Zambito and Nathan Bomey self-driving cars are likely to disrupt business models.  (See our blog of October 4, 2016).   Disruption on that scale could represent one of the more dynamic changes to the American economy in the 21st Century.  Twenty-two states have passes legislation related to self-driving vehicles.  The patchwork of rules being created by states could play havoc confusing owners of self-driving cars.  With autonomous vehicle technology changing quickly, no on e

Knows how these cars will evolve.  That is why it is important to develop regulations that are adaptive and flexible.

In March, 2017, California regulators introduced a pathway to obtain permits for driverless cars. Proponents of self-driving cars fret over the prospect that the Federal Government Court won’t exercise its’ constitutional authority to pre-empt state laws.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration introduced guidelines on self-driving cars under the Obama Administration in 2016.

Automakers are moving faster.  They expect to deliver their first mostly autonomous vehicles within four years.  BMW, Ford & Daimlers Mercedes-Benz have pledged to deliver a self-driving car with capability in digitally mapped cities by 2012.  G.M., Tesla and Nissan are on a similar track but complicating matters is tension between tech companies and automakers to develop their own self-driving vehicles.  Automakers and tech companies will split the push by uniform regulations which has sometimes devolved into rivalries.

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