The US state of Pennsylvania has proposed legislation to authorize testing and commercial deployment of autonomous vehicles (AV). The change was announced at Carnegie Mellon University’s Mill 19 facility at Hazelwood Green in Pittsburgh.

At an event marking the introduction of the legislation, CMU president Farnam Jahanian emphasized that collaboration among government, academia and industry had propelled the state’s autonomous vehicle industry forward, beginning when CMU Professor Red Whittaker built a small autonomous vehicle to aid in the clean up after the 1979 nuclear reactor meltdown at Three Mile Island near Harrisburg.

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