Connecticut launches fully autonomous vehicle testing pilot programme

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has announced the launch of the state’s Fully Autonomous Vehicle Testing Pilot Program (FAVTPP), in a bid to position Connecticut at the forefront of the autonomous vehicle industry.

Make no mistake, autonomous vehicles are the future of transportation
— Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy

As part of the programme, the state is seeking up to four towns or cities interested in allowing fully autonomous vehicles to be tested on their roads.

“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,” said Malloy.

“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.”

The FAVTPP, created by legislation signed by the Governor last year, includes strict testing standards that will require vehicles to be tested in limited and controlled areas.

The towns and cities taking part in the initiative will also have to enter into agreements with the companies testing autonomous vehicles.