Dutch government encourages self-driving car tests

Jun 16, 2014

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.

The country's infrastructure minister, Melanie Schultz van Haegen, said Monday she is investigating legal changes needed to allow 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.

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 using self-driving trucks.

Spokeswoman Marianne Wuite said the government believes self-driving cars will lead to greater efficiency and safety, and reduce pollution.

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Squirrel
not rated yet Jun 16, 2014
Smart Dutch, stupid everyone else.
Never has there been a technology we should grab with both hands to change our lives for the better.
I cannot wait until the day when driving cars is seen for what it is--an human error risk activity that is best--if technology can replace it--made illegal.