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Carlo Leone

Representing Stamford & Darien

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Leone Cheers as State Seeks Bids for Autonomous Vehicle Pilot Program

State Senator Carlo Leone (D-Stamford) today welcomed Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s launch of the state’s first Fully Autonomous Vehicle Testing Pilot Program, an initiative spearheaded by Sen. Leone last year that will bring Connecticut to the forefront of the autonomous vehicle industry.

Under the terms of the program, towns and cities that are interested in participating and allowing the testing of fully autonomous vehicles on their roadways must submit an application to the state. Upon review, up to four municipalities will be selected for participation.

“There’s a transportation technology revolution underway in America, and today’s announcement seeking bids for an AV testing program is both smart and practical,” said Sen. Leone, who is Senate Co-Chair of the legislature’s Transportation Committee and who was a prime mover behind the autonomous vehicles legislation passed last year. “We in Connecticut need to take a cautious yet methodical approach to allowing autonomous vehicles into our communities by piloting this program in cities that are equipped to engage both the public and the AV industry.”

The AV program includes strict standards on the testing of these vehicles, only allowing them to be conducted through limited and controlled testing areas. Participating municipalities will have to enter into agreements with autonomous vehicle testers.

The program is being administered by the Office of Policy and Management in consultation with the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, and the Connecticut Insurance Department.

Last spring, Sen. Leone helped pass Senate Bill 260, “AN ACT CONCERNING AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES,’ which established the outlines of the AV pilot program that Gov. Malloy issued bids for today. The bill was passed into law with broad, bipartisan support.

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