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The desire to develop a driverless car is not a modern aspiration. The first approaches started in the end of the 1980s, but it was only recently that the idea started to be taken seriously. Every since autonomous cars leapt from science fiction and into reality, transportation experts have warned that government regulations might prevent self-driving vehicles to hit the road.

Connecting autonomous cars to mapping data that covers massive geographical areas (such as U.S) and updating it with the latest infrastructure developments is the first, and perhaps most complex, step for companies hoping to bring driverless technology. Building an integrated system will also ensure self-driving car manufacturers make good on their promises of safer roads, efficient use of fuel, and better car performance. In addition, a new study of the University of Illinois suggests the addition of just a small number of autonomous cars can ease the congestion on roads. Such promises can provide more security and efficiency to an entire population.

That is why governmental regulations and openness to the projects are so important. Concerns will continuously arise with lawmakers at the cities, counties and federal levels, and private sectors innovators need to work to secure enough technology and zero risks to the population.

New York has, today, joined California, Nevada and Arizona as the list of states where autonomous vehicles are allowed. Making sure that these vehicles are safely tested on public roads, while providing opportunity for future consumers to become familiar with this technology, is the beginning to turn our science fiction dream into reality.

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