Norway aims to allow testing of self-driving cars in 2017

22 Dec, 2016 10:03 pm

The Norwegian government aims to pass a law in the spring of next year to allow testing of self-driving vehicles on Norwegian roads, it said on Thursday.

Norway is one of the largest markets for Tesla Motors electric vehicles, thanks to generous government subsidies. Tesla said in October its new models will come with hardware, including cameras and a radar, to enable them to be fully-self driving.

The move to permit testing of self-driving vehicles is also aimed at giving a competitive edge to Norwegian technology companies as the country seeks to diversify away from the offshore petroleum sector, hit by a plunge in global oil prices.

Other companies exploring self-driving cars include Alphabet’s Google, Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] and Ford Motor Co.

Norway’s Ministry of Transport and Communications said the government was sending out a proposal for consultation on a new law with the aim of getting a bill passed by parliament in the spring of 2017.

 Uber said it was not obliged to have a permit because its vehicles require continuous monitoring by a person in the car.

“The objective of the bill is to facilitate the testing of self-driving vehicles on Norwegian roads … within the framework of traffic safety while protecting the integrity of personal information,” it said in a statement. –Reuters


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