Two days after President Obama urged the development of a 21st century transportation system in his final State of the Union address, his administration took steps to make that happen.
Speaking in Detroit on Thursday, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced billions in potential funding for the development of autonomous cars over the next decade and promised to help refine regulations that might pose roadblocks for the technology.
The president will offer almost $3.9 billion over 10 years in his fiscal year 2017 budget proposal. The money would pay for pilot programs that test connected vehicle systems in designated corridors throughout the country. Foxx also unveiled new policy guidance that reflects the "reality that the widespread deployment of fully autonomous vehicles is now feasible."
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