AMSTERDAM (CBS SF/AP) — The Dutch government says it wants to encourage large-scale tests of self-driving cars in the Netherlands by next year, and supports a plan to allow tests of self-driving trucks by 2019, giving the Google Car and other self-driving vehicles in the U.S. a run for the money, literally.
The country’s infrastructure minister, Melanie Schultz van Haegen, said Monday she is investigating legal changes needed to allow self-driving cars to use public roads in the Netherlands, and plans to submit a law by early 2015. This fall she will indicate likely conditions and roads earmarked for testing.READ MORE: COVID Omicron Variant: CDC Expands Surveillance To San Francisco International Airport
In addition, the Port of Rotterdam, DAF trucks and the Netherlands’ Organisation for Applied Scientific Research have applied to test a system to transport goods caravan-style on public roads using self-driving trucks.READ MORE: San Francisco Bay Area Bridge Tolls To Jump By $1 On Jan. 1
Spokeswoman Marianne Wuite said the government believes self-driving cars will lead to greater efficiency and safety, and reduce pollution.MORE NEWS: E.G. Daily On 'Rugrat's New Holiday Special "Traditions": 'We Embrace Everyone And Everything'
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