Support for Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and Automated and Autonomous Vehicles

3/4/2015

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia is on the cusp of the next revolution in the automobile industry with automated and autonomous vehicles, also known as “self-driving” cars; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth has an unparalleled higher education system with world recognized research facilities and a mission to be leaders in innovation; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth is in a position to be a leader in welcoming, supporting and developing the automated vehicle industry, the emerging technologies used in such vehicles, and the business that will provide the support necessary to make the innovations a reality; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Center for Automated Vehicle Systems is providing the necessary leadership to study all aspects related to automated and autonomous vehicles, and to develop partnerships with groups involved in researching, planning, and producing automated vehicles;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby declare that the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA supports the mission of the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Center for Automated Vehicle Systems and its self-driving on-road studies, and is open for business for the vehicle and technology manufacturers and researchers committed to the development, testing and deployment of automated and autonomous vehicles, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.

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