Driverless vehicle industry speaks to Vermont

Vermont transportation officials are hoping automated vehicle companies will see the state as a good place to test self-driving cars, given the variety of road conditions and other factors the state has going for it.

On Monday, the Agency of Transportation hosted the “Vermont AV-Xchange Forum,” featuring state transportation officials, leaders in the automated vehicle industry, and the leaders of several municipalities and planning organizations.

In 2019, lawmakers passed a law that would allow automated vehicles to be tested on state roads. The law directed the AOT to develop rules for said testing that would keep said testing safe, as well as promote it by encouraging AV companies and local governments to work together.