NY tests first self-driving car on public road

Posted at 7:49 AM, Jun 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-14 07:49:06-04


New York state has hosted its first ever demonstration of a driverless vehicle on public roads.

During Tuesday's test drive in Albany two engineers rode in the vehicle for about six miles. State officials say the engineers monitored the ride at all times to ensure safety.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo hailed the demonstration as a "major milestone" in the development of a technology that he says is the "next frontier" in transportation.

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul also took a test drive in the vehicle. She said driverless cars offer "tremendous potential" for improving traffic safety.