Federal budget has $100 million for AV research, testing

The budget passed by Congress and signed by the president last week includes $100 million for research on and testing of autonomous vehicles. A partial breakdown:

  • $60 million for grants “to fund demonstration projects that test the feasibility and safety” of AVs.
  • $38 million for research, including on cybersecurity. Research will focus on areas not covered by privately funded research, with an emphasis on safety aspects.
  • $1.5 million for research on how the increasing use of AVs will affect employment, including projected job losses among truck, taxi and other commercial drivers. The safety of autonomous commercial vehicles will also be studied.

The money will go to state and local governments and academic institutions, not to private companies.

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