Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that Manhattan might start receiving its first lines of robotic cars in the near future. If this event happens, it will be a groundbreaking moment for the innovative direction the auto market has been pursuing for over the last years.
General Motors Is the First to Request Clearance to Enter the Streets of Manhattan with Robotic Cars
On Tuesday, Cuomo revealed that electric vehicles are coming to Manhattan. The metamorphosis of the city starts with the General Motor’s official application to test the new technology in the area. If the request is approved, the automaker can roll out the project as soon as 2018.
G.M. has already initiated the first stage which is mapping the test site in Manhattan. The full application is yet to be filed with the Department of Motor Vehicles. The State Police will be in charge of supervising the testing procedures.
The futuristic concept of a self-driving vehicle has become a mainstream topic on the market. However, officials are not just as yet ready to welcome the next chapter in transportation. The news was met with skepticism in some parts of the city.
A spokesman for Mayor Bill de Blasio, Eric Phillips, delivered a doubtful statement regarding the implementation of Cuomo’s project. He claimed that his office hadn’t received any detailed report regarding the introduction of self-driving vehicles on the streets of Manhattan. Moreover, they weren’t even consulted in this matter.
“We have very real safety concerns. We are obviously looking forward to some detail on this idea before any cars hit the streets.”
The Trials Will Enjoy Human Assistance All the Way
On the other hand, the governor’s administration gave a different account. Representative Richard Azzopardi claimed that the discussion on this topic of interest started in August.
The trials that will usher a new era in transportation are already charted. There will be two passengers in each of the testing robotic cars.
An engineer will supervise performance behind the wheel. A second person will be in the passenger seat to witness the experiment. Such tests have already received a legal frame ever since the New York’s 2018 budget was settled.
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