A growing network that connects drivers to autonomous vehicles across the state is about to hit the roads.
The Delaware Institute of Technology (DIT) says the vehicle sharing program will help improve the safety and reliability of the state’s transportation system.
The institute says the autonomous vehicle program will bring together more than 10 autonomous vehicle manufacturers and provide a common platform for all the participating companies.
The DIT says that autonomous vehicle makers will have to register with the institute and adhere to strict guidelines before they can build vehicles for autonomous vehicle use in Delaware.
DIT and the manufacturers of autonomous vehicle technology, like Volvo, Ford, Tesla, and others, are expected to start testing autonomous vehicles in Delaware this year. “
Our goal is to get the pilot program underway in the fall and be able to deliver autonomous vehicle tests to the public by late summer.”
DIT and the manufacturers of autonomous vehicle technology, like Volvo, Ford, Tesla, and others, are expected to start testing autonomous vehicles in Delaware this year.
DIT will not be the first company to test the autonomous vehicles on DIT’s campus.
The Institute of Transportation Engineers in the UK has been testing autonomous vehicle tech on its campus for about two years.
DITT says that in order to qualify for the program, the autonomous car companies must submit a detailed safety plan and an application to register their vehicles with the DITT.
“DIT has partnered with autonomous vehicle manufacturer Autonomy Technologies to develop a safety plan for autonomous vehicles to be able fully to meet the regulatory requirements,” DIT Director of Technology Operations Andrew Riddle said in the statement.
The autonomous vehicle company that DIT is partnering with, Autonomy, says it plans to bring its autonomous vehicle software to Delaware within the next five years.
The company says it has worked with DIT for almost two years to develop its system, which will be used in the autonomous test program.
Autonomy says the DITS automated vehicle software will help the autonomous system understand what the vehicles are doing and make sure that they are in a safe environment.
“Autonomy is already working with DITT to develop our own autonomous vehicle driver training software,” Autonomy’s director of automotive technology, Kevin Dabbs, said in an email to ABC News.
“We’re currently working with the Delaware Institute for Transportation to develop and implement our own driver training, which we will deploy in our autonomous vehicle.”
DAT’s autonomous vehicle network will include companies like Volvo and BMW, which is a big player in the field.
Autonomous vehicle makers like Autonomy and Ford are working with other companies to create autonomous vehicle features and systems.
The Autonomous Vehicle Alliance has been lobbying hard for autonomous car technology in Delaware and is pushing for legislation to require all vehicles to have driverless technology.
Autonomics says it is currently working on its autonomous vehicles and that the program will be fully rolled out by the end of the year.