Audi awarded first New York automated vehicle testing licence

Audi has announced that it will become the first company to begin testing autonomous vehicles in New York State, after the state approved its application to perform testing on its roads.

The potential for autonomous vehicles to save lives on our roadways is immeasurable.
— New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

The carmaker will demonstrate its technology later this month in Albany, as part of plans to demonstrate and test vehicles in New York using Level 3 automation. During its tests, Audi will have two trained engineers on board to monitor its vehicle’s autonomous systems and ensure safety.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced last month that the state was accepting applications from companies interested in testing or demonstrating autonomous vehicles on its roads.

“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,’’ said Scott Keogh, president of Audi of America.

“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.”

“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,” said Governor Cuomo.