Self-driving vehicles are coming. NCDOT is paying researchers to help us get ready.

Teams of researchers based at three state universities will spend the next three years developing ways to help North Carolina prepare for autonomous vehicles and other new transportation technologies. The N.C. Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that it will give $1 million to each of the three teams to study transportation challenges facing the state. Most of those challenges have to do with technology, notably the expected introduction of electric and autonomous or self-driving cars and trucks…