Governor John Carney signed an executive order Monday creating a panel to offer advice on the impact of autonomous vehicles on Delaware’s public safety, cyber security, and transportation network.
“This is going to be interesting,” Carney said before he signed Executive Order #14. The order creates the 19-member Advisory Council on Connected and Autonomous Vehicles.
Carney hopes Delaware can take advantage of this new technology on the roads and in the economy. “It is inevitable,” Carney said. “Our Secretary of Transportation Jennifer Cohan has been on me since the day I was sworn in that we needed to get ahead of the curve a little bit.”
Cohan said Delaware is primed to take advantage of autonomous vehicles and companies looking to build the infrastructure to support such driverless cars. “Not only do we want to promote the technology and promote Delaware as a place that’s welcoming for autonomous vehicles, we really want to focus on the economy piece of it,” Cohan said. “Autonomous vehicles will saturate the market by 2025, and our thinking in transportation planning, that might as well be tomorrow.”
The task force will report its recommendations back to Carney and the General Assembly by September 2018.