Autonomous vehicles may soon be seen on the streets of Albuquerque, N.M.
Issuing an “executive instruction”, the city’s mayor officially announced that he wanted all the city’s agencies to promote self-driving cars.
Speaking to the Albuquerque Journal, Berry said, “It makes sense from an economic development standpoint, from a public safety standpoint, and from a job creation standpoint. It can provide new research opportunities to our universities, and it sends a strong signal that we are a forward-thinking community.”
Mayor Richard Berry’s announcement is not unprecedented. After all, the industry has a keen interest in the state.
Automakers have already eyed New Mexico as the potential home to a ghost town, home only to researchers and driver-less cars.
Though, there were reported issues in acquiring land for the development of such a town.
Indeed, the Center for Innovation, Testing, and Evaluation (CITE) has also attempted to build its own ghost suburb and living laboratory. Though the project is not yet complete. As of 2015, it was scheduled to be built between 2018 and 2020. Updates on progress have been slow.
However, while Mayor Berry may be a big fan of self-driving cars and the industry’s potential to benefit Albuquerque, he has another battle in front of him.
New Mexico has no laws on the books regarding autonomous vehicles, so Berry’s instruction is contingent upon what the state government decides to do.
The verdict on Berry’s edict for the city of Albuquerque? Watch this space.