Music and NPR News for Central and Northern Michigan
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations

Automated vehicle roadway bill signed into law

22198400020_193544989a_b.jpg
Trevor. Wrayton
/

The state transportation department now has the authority to create roadways and lanes exclusively for automated vehicles.

Supporters are cautioning it could be years before we see the state implement that technology on a large scale.

Collin Castle is the Program Manager for Intelligent Transportation Systems at the Michigan Department of Transportation. He says the state first needs a better understanding of designs for the potential roadways and how they would serve the driving public.

"There needs to be a true understanding and collaboration with the vehicle manufacturing community to make sure that how this is implemented is done in a safe manner," he says.

The new law allows the state to work with third parties on further research and development.