The U.S. State of Michigan has signed a legislation for the law on testing and sale of driverless cars. Michigan will be the first state to do so and seeks to get ahead of Silicon valley on self-driving technology.
The governor of the Michigan State, Rick Snyder signed the law which defines how self-driving cars can be used on public roads in testing, use and the eventual sale of driverless cars, said the Michigan Economic Development Corp. in a statement.
This law will allow testing of driverless cars without a steering wheel, gas or brake pedals on public roads.
This will allow many of the auto manufacturers and technology companies to operate driverless ride-sharing services. The law also lays out rules on how self-driving cars can be sold to the public when the technology has been tested and certified for use.
Snyder said in a statement that Michigan is the global centre for automotive technology and development, and by establishing guidelines and standards for self-driving vehicles, they are continuing the tradition.
While preparing the legislation, Michigan lawmakers received inputs from General Motors, Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota, Google, Uber and Lyft. The companies "helped inform the final legislation" so that "any new policy will not hamper the autonomous vehicle industry's ability to evolve", the agency said.
Michigan is developing a 335-acre testing facility for the driverless cars on the site of a World War II bomber factory and the University of Michigan has opened testing grounds for such vehicles on its campus.
The regulators of the U.S. have proposed rules for testing and deploying driverless vehicles. Business leaders and politicians of Michigan are keen to keep Detroit at the forefront of auto manufacturing as Silicon Valley giants such as Alphabet Inc.'s Google, Apple Inc. and Uber Technologies are accelerating ahead in driverless rides.
Steve Arwood, the agency's chief executive officer said that by creating a more in-depth framework on how self-driving vehicle technology can be researched, tested and used, they are building a structural plan that takes into account the needs of the private industry.