Ball: “The Future Is here”
Albany, N.Y. – 6/26/2013 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) has introduced Senate Bill S4912, which authorizes the operation of autonomous cars on New York roads.
“This is a tremendous advancement in automobile technology, the future is here,” said Senator Ball. “Vehicle accidents, year after year, always rank in the leading causes of death in New York State and across the United States. In the early testing stages this futurist technology has proven to be safer and more reliable than human operated vehicles. I have introduced this bill because I believe that New York State should welcome this technology with open arms.”
The legislation will allow Toyota in partnership with Google, to test autonomous vehicles on New York roadways to provide the safe development of this technology. This endeavor will allow for safer roadways in the future, reducing the number of vehicular accidents by eliminating human error as well as providing a more efficient flow of traffic.
The basics of the Google technology equipped into these vehicles relies on a system of lasers and GPS to maneuver the car down the roadways. Currently three other states have introduced legislation to allow the testing of autonomous vehicles, including California, Florida and Nevada.
Leading the way is Toyota Motor Corporation which had the following to say on the legislation, “In 2011, more than 32,000 lives were lost on U.S. highways and car crashes were the number one cause of death among U.S. teens. One-in-six highway deaths were attributed to distracted driving. Toyota Motor Corporation’s goal is to eliminate future traffic fatalities and injuries, and with this goal in mind, Toyota is working to lead the industry into a new era of advanced active-safety and autonomous technologies. Toyota believes integrating these advanced technologies will enhance the driver’s decision-making process, overall safety skills, and perception of his or her environment. All leading to a safer and easier driving experience.”
Currently the autonomous car has recorded over 500,000 miles with only one incident. The accident occurred while a human driver was behind the wheel, and another vehicle struck the car. Tests on these vehicles have shown they have a better reaction time than their counterparts with human drivers. A report on the progress of the autonomous car which will be presented to the Governor as well as New York State Legislature, is expected by February 2015.
For more information contact Joe Bachmeier at Joe@ball4ny.com or (845) 531-9796.