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Connecticut Activates Autonomous Vehicle Test Program

​Connecticut is now officially moving forward with its fully autonomous vehicle testing pilot program (FAVTPP), created by a law signed last year by Gov. Dannel Malloy.

Under the terms of the program, towns and cities interested in allowing the testing of fully autonomous vehicles on their roadways must submit an application to the Office of Policy and Management via the agency's website and only four municipalities are expected to be selected for participation. Participating municipalities must also enter into agreements with autonomous vehicle testers, OPM added.

MalloyCT.jpgThe FAVTPP is being administered by OPM in consultation with the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, and the Connecticut Insurance Department.

Interested municipalities are also encouraged to review the "Required Minimum Framework" documentation that governs the relationship between municipalities and autonomous vehicle testers.

"Make no mistake, autonomous vehicles are the future of transportation, whether it is people looking for a safer and easier commute, more efficient and cheaper commercial transit, more precise ride-sharing and for-hire services, or beyond," Gov. Malloy noted in a statement.

"These vehicles are going to be part of our lives soon and we want to take proactive steps to have our state be at the forefront of this innovative technology," he said. "We are showing this industry and those around the country that we promote the development of these kinds of forward-thinking, technology-driven products in Connecticut. We cannot allow our state to be outpaced as this technology grows."

Photo: Gov. Dannel Malloy / Connecticut Gov.'s Office

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