The US state of Michigan has passed a law that allows driverless cars – even those without steering wheels – on to public roads. Rick Snyder, Michigan’s Republican governor, said that this new legislation would make his state “the epicentre for driverless vehicle technology”.
Michigan is already famous for its automotive heritage, being home to Ford among many others. Walter Packard, the Dodge brothers, and William C. Durant all began their careers in the state, which is still known as ‘Motown’.
“Michigan put the world on wheels,” said Mr Snyder. “And now we are leading the way in transforming the auto industry.”
“Michigan is the leader in new vehicle technology, and we plan to continue that leadership. When you talk about autonomous and connected vehicles, these are technologies that will truly make a difference in peoples’ lives. This is about more than driverless cars – it is about safety, freedom and the future of global manufacturing.”