Governor Baker signs Executive Order to study self-driving cars

Governor Baker signed the Executive Order on Thursday

BOSTON (WWLP) – Governor Charlie Baker signed an Executive Order to promote the testing and deployment of automated vehicles.

The Executive Order recognizes recent innovations in sensing and computing technology, which have resulted in the advancement of motor vehicle automation. It creates a special working group on autonomous vehicles.

The group is made up of the Commonwealth’s Secretary of Transportation, Secretary of Public Safety, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, Registrar of Motor Vehicles, Highway Administrator, and four members designated by the Senate President, Speaker of the House, Senate Minority Leader, and House Minority Leader.

The group is to consult and convene with experts on motor vehicle safety and vehicle automation, among other things.

The group will also support the “memorandum of Understanding” agreements. The Memorandum of Understanding is to include a process for companies to follow in order to obtain approval from MassDOT for testing.