Audi Scores First Automated Vehicle Testing License in New York
Audi will begin demonstrating and testing an automated vehicle in Albany in mid-June with the help of the Society of Automobile Engineers (SAE). They’re the first automaker to begin testing their self-driving vehicles after Governor Cuomo invited companies to begin applying for licenses for automated vehicles in the state. The company intends to test vehicles at Level 3 automation, meaning that these cars are capable of achieving highway speeds when specific conditions are met.
Consumers and drivers can rest assured that the automated vehicle’s inaugural ride through the streets of New York State will be safe. The application was approved by the New York Department of Motor Vehicles. The self-driving car will carry two trained engineers–one in back and one in front–to ensure the highest caliber of safety as well as oversee testing parameters. State police, who have pre-approved the route to be undertaken by the vehicle, will also be on hand to supervise the test as well. Audi’s automated vehicles have previously logged thousands of miles on limited access roads throughout America.
According to Scott Keogh, president of Audi America, “We have been leading the way in the development of piloted driving technology for more than a decade now, and testing in real-world environments is a key step in our pursuit of safer roads. We applaud Governor Cuomo for his leadership and stand ready to assist in defining how this future will unfold in the Empire State now and for years to come.”
This test is the first in autonomous driving legislation that was included in the budget for FY 2018, and is part of a year long pilot program. Of the program, Governor Cuomo said “New York State is a nationwide leader in innovative highway safety programs and the potential for autonomous vehicles to save lives on our roadways is immeasurable.”