States Compete Fiercely to Serve as Autonomous Driving Testing Sites | Trucks.com

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The push for autonomous technology is pitting cities and states against each other in a race to be the first to jump onto the self-driving highway.Winning favor as a premier site for testing self-driving vehicles is expected to pay economic dividends as these regions compete for bragging rights to be the transformative front-runner.Strategy Analytics, a research firm, predicts that the “passenger economy,” a segment emerging based on pilotless vehicles, will grow to $800 billion in 2035 and then to $7 trillion by 2050.To be sure, this isn’t a battle being fought only in the U.S.In Singapore, French automaker Groupe PSA will integrate self-driving technology developed by startup nuTonomy into Peugeot SUVs that will begin on-road testing in September.And in Germany, the federal government joined with regional authorities in Bavaria and the auto  and tech industry to create the Digital Motorway Test Bed, on several sections of the Autobahn 9 that connects Berlin and Munich via Leipzig and Nuremberg.

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