The de Blasio Administration wants to force companies that road-test self-driving cars on the streets in spots around the five boroughs to apply for permits, according to recently proposed changes to city rules.
The tests would be preliminary, and only be allowed with a person sitting behind the wheel to take over if anything goes wrong, according to the changes,which were published in the City Record on Monday.
The new rules would require companies that want to test autonomous vehicles on NYC streets to apply for and receive a $5,000-per-year permit from the city Department of Transportation.
New York state already allows self-driving car companies to test-run in the city; the proposed rule change would require them to apply for permits before doing so.
There will be a hearing on the proposal on Sept. 1, and if the change to the city charter goes through, New Yorkers would see the robocars in various, as yet to be decided, testing zones around the city.