New York is now accepting applications from companies interested in testing or demonstrating autonomous vehicles on public roads.

Legislation in the new state budget allows for testing autonomous technology through a year-long pilot program.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says the Department of Motor Vehicles application process is another step forward in making New York the epicenter of cutting-edge technology and innovation.

"New York has emerged as one of the nation's leading hubs for innovation, and as we invite companies and entrepreneurs to reimagine transportation technology, we will encourage the development of new, safe travel options for New Yorkers," Governor Cuomo said. "With this action, we are taking a careful yet balanced approach to incorporating autonomous vehicles on our roads to reduce dangerous driving habits, decrease the number of accidents and save lives on New York roadways."

The law permitting demonstrations or tests is set to expire April 1st, 2018.

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