By The Kent Redding Group
AUSTIN, TX. - There's no doubt that the world has been slowly getting prepared for the concept of driverless vehicles over the last 30 years thanks to sci-fi movies like Knight Rider, Bladerunner and Minority Report, television shows and movies which feature the use of driverless vehicles.
Although the concept of driverless vehicles once seemed far off, thanks to a recent report from U.S. News we know that driverless vehicles could soon become a normal sight especially on the roads of Austin and across the great state of Texas.
Coming To Texas Soon
If you think your car will be driving you anytime in the near future, think again.
Known as driverless or self-driving vehicles, autonomous vehicles are in the spotlight. But while the auto, tech and ride-share industries are driving the effort, the fact that automation levels vary means it will be a while before you'll pass a truly driverless vehicle on your daily commute.
In Texas, the push toward autonomous vehicles is particularly strong, accelerated by circumstances that make it among the nation's leaders as automation advances:
Texas' population growth is the largest of any state, according to U.S. Census data released in January; four of the five fastest-growing cities in the country with populations of 50,000 or more are in Texas, Census estimates have found; and Texas Demographic Center projections through 2045 suggest the state's population will grow by 40 percent, with three-quarters of the population concentrated in urban areas and border counties.
A new state law effective last September allows automakers and others to test automated vehicles on the state's roads and highways without a driver inside.
The Texas (Automated Vehicle) AV Proving Ground Partnership is one of 10 pilots designated in 2017 by the U.S. Department of Transportation "to encourage testing and information sharing around automated vehicle technologies."
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