In California, the Association of Global Automakers argued at a Sacramento hearing this week that the state's requirements should be no stricter than those of the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Reuters says. Meanwhile, Ford is arguing against the state's prohibiting of testing vehicles that weigh more than 10,000 pounds so that shuttle-type vehicles can be tested for self-driving features. Global Automakers posted its comments on proposed California testing mandates here.
Automakers previously pushed the state to remove the need for local approval for self-driving testing procedures as well as mandating that automakers test their vehicles for at least a year before deploying them on roads. Meanwhile, consumer groups such as the Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety have pushed for the state to be stricter with its autonomous testing rules.
As far as Michigan's status for autonomous testing, the state's Strategic Fund has approved another $15 million to be invested at the Willow Run plant, which is being redeveloped as the American Center for Mobility, according to the Detroit News. Of the $80 million required to fully build out the autonomous testing plant, about $50 million has been raised. The 335-acre facility, which was originally constructed for bomber manufacturing for World War II, will have bridges, tunnels, and stoplights in order to best simulate city streets.