Portland chosen for self-driving car pilot program

Portland chosen for self-driving car pilot program
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PORTLAND, Maine — A Maine city is among seven municipalities that have been selected to help test self-driving car technology.

The Portland Press Herald reports Washington-based transportation technology firm Inrix announced Tuesday that Portland would help pilot the AV Road Rules program.

Inrix says the software communicates local traffic rules to autonomous vehicles. The cars will also transfer information on things like potholes while human operators ride along.

Avery Ash, who serves as Inrix’s autonomous mobility lead, says Portland has the digital resources to support “safe operation and testing on public roads.” Other cities in the program include Boston and Austin.

City Manager Jon Jennings is confident the program will help Portland attract more tech companies.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com

The Associated Press

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