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    Self-Driving Car Tests to Begin in New York Soon

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    New York authorities are going to work with General Motors to begin testing of autonomous cars in early 2018.

    NEW YORK (Sputnik) — General Motors and Cruise Automation have applied to begin sustained testing of self-driving vehicles in New York beginning in early 2018, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced.

    "Autonomous vehicles have the potential to save time and save lives, and we are proud to be working with GM [General Motors] and Cruise on the future of this exciting new technology," Cuomo said.

    General Motors and Cruise Automation applied through the recently passed New York state legislation that allows autonomous vehicle tests through a pilot program, according to the press release.

    All testing will include an engineer in the driver's seat to monitor and evaluate performance, as well as the second person in the passenger's seat, Governor Cuomo explained.

    The Department of Motor Vehicles and New York State Police will work with General Motors and Cruise Automation to ensure that all testing meets safety requirements, according to the release.

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