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Autonomous Vehicles Have Hit the Road and Thanks to This Map, You’ll Get the Picture

Autonomous Vehicles (AV) have hit the road! Now, through the latest digital tracking tool you can see which cities are using the new technology.

53 cities are testing or considering AV’s – including Paris, Helsinki, London, Nashville, Austin, Washington, and San Francisco. Others are implementing surveys to evaluate AV’s and their positive affects. Updates will be provided upon more pilot tests.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been in support of these vehicles since last year:

The advent of autonomous cars is one of the most exciting developments ever to happen to cities…And if mayors collaborate with one another, and with partners in the private sector, they can improve people’s lives in ways we can only imagine today.

Given projects by GM, Uber, and Waymo, it is surprising how few cities are testing AV’s. Only 6% of the largest US cities have plans for the technology, and most center on resolving vehicle congestion, according to the National League of Cities’ Research.

Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Aspen Institute, the joint group behind AV’s promotion have revealed that their biggest setback is regulatory and financial:

Cities are struggling to find the human and financial capacity to deliver more projects— and the right actions are not yet clear or urgent enough…

Despite new rules implemented by the US Congress that prevents states and local governments from moving forward with these cars, according to the National Conference of State Legislators, 25 states have passed laws or issued orders concerning these vehicles.

While it may be a matter of years for more vehicles to drive autonomously, according to a recent Brookings Institute survey, major companies have still managed to obtain $80 billion as a result of deals, investments, and partnerships in relation to these vehicles.

[via The Verge]

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