Autonomous vehicles show every sign of continuing to pick up speed in 2016. On January 14th, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced a $4 billion government investment in automated vehicles over the next ten years.
The investment is meant to “accelerate the development and adoption of safe vehicle automation through real-world pilot projects.” In particular, the President’s 2017 budget would provide funds for pilot programs to test connected vehicle systems in designated corridors throughout the country and work with industry leaders to ensure a common multi-state framework for connected and autonomous vehicles.
Secretary Foxx also noted that the U.S. Department of Transportation is removing potential roadblocks to the integration of innovative, transformational automotive technology that can significantly improve safety, mobility, and sustainability.
Secretary Foxx’s announcements come on the heels of GM’s $500 million investment in ride-sharing company Lyft to partner on autonomous vehicle technology, Ford’s reported talks with Google and the newest update to Tesla’s software that allows the owner to “summon” the vehicle from a distance.
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