Testing of self-driving cars could begin soon in Boston

BOSTON (AP) — Driverless cars are closer to becoming a reality in Boston.

Mayor Marty Walsh says the city and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation have signed a memorandum of understanding with nuTonomy, a Cambridge-based software developer for self-driving vehicles. Walsh says tests on public roads in the city could begin by the end of the year.

Walsh, a Democrat, and Republican Gov. Charlie Baker previously issued executive orders allowing for the on-street testing process.

The mayor calls it an exciting step forward for the city.

State transportation secretary Stephanie Pollack says testing will follow a “rigorous approval process and respective safety protocols.”

An engineer from nuTonomy will ride in the cars during testing and be prepared to take control of the vehicles if necessary.

(Copyright (c) 2016 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

Comments

blog comments powered by Disqus