Audi awarded New York automated vehicle testing license
Audi of America announced that New York state has approved the automaker’s application to perform autonomous vehicle testing. The company is reporting that this testing of autonomous vehicles in New York is the first of its kind. Testing is set to begin in mid-June in Albany.
The company intends to demonstrate and test vehicles with Society of Automobile Engineers (SAE) Level 3 automation. SAE’s Level 3 means a vehicle is capable of automated driving at posted highway speeds when specific conditions are met.
New legislation included in New York’s FY 2018 budget allows for testing autonomous technology through a year-long pilot program. Audi’s vehicle routing information for the Albany demonstration has been pre-approved by the New York State Police and its application was approved by the Department of Motor Vehicles. State Police review the route to be taken, and are required to supervise the demonstration.
“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,” Governor Cuomo said.