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THE STATE IS LAUNCHING A NEW TESTING PROGRAM FOR SELF-DRIVING CARS. 

 

GOVERNOR BRUCE RAUNER SIGNED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER CREATING “AUTONOMOUS ILLINOIS,” AN INITIATIVE DESIGNED TO PARTNER WITH BUSINESSES AND RESEARCHERS TO SAFELY TEST THE TECHNOLOGY. ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY RANDY BLANKENHORN SAYS IT’S TIME TO EMBRACE THE POSSIBILITIES.

 

 

A DRIVER WILL HAVE TO REMAIN BEHIND THE WHEEL AND BE ABLE TO TAKE CONTROL DURING TESTING. BLANKENHORN SAYS THEY ARE ALSO LOOKING AT USES FOR “CONNECTED CARS” THAT ARE PART OF A WIRELESS NETWORK.

 

“AUTONOMOUS ILLINOIS,” CREATED BY AN EXECUTIVE ORDER FROM GOVERNOR BRUCE RAUNER, AIMS TO MAKE ILLINOIS A NATIONAL LEADER IN THE TECHNOLOGY SAYS STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY RANDY BLANKENHORN.

 

 

BLANKENHORN SAYS ANY TESTING WILL BE OVERSEEN BY A DRIVER IN THE CAR THAT CAN TAKE CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE AT ANY TIME. THEY ARE ALSO LOOKING INTO BUILDING A TEST TRACK SPECIFICALLY FOR AUTOMATED TRUCKS.

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