UTICA, N.Y- Driverless cars have been making headlines across the world. Here in the Mohawk Valley, they were talking about the idea of the technology coming to our area.
On Friday afternoon AAA hosted a seminar on the pros and cons of the technology and ideas on how to make it work in our area.
"We feel that it's important to have a discussion about these because we hear about them on the news all the time and you see a lot of automated vehicle activity in larger cities. But we are kind of concerned about smaller communities and making sure we don't get left out of the equation," said AAA Regional Manager Ed Welsh.
Under New York State law, completely autonomous vehicles are illegal as the law requires you to have at least one hand on the wheel at a time.
Congress and the Senate would have to approve of it locally as well as make sure that the proper safety measures are put in place.
"There's going to be an economic impact and environmental impact, but the most important impact is going to be public safety because you are talking about people's lives. So we want to make sure that whatever is put in place ensures that," said Senator Joe Griffo.
We are still a ways away from seeing these cars on the roads. The area would have to go through a lengthy process to make it a reality.
The area did go through a similar process with the drone program at Griffis.
"You know its the same process that we took to get the drone business here now we are one of seven drone testing sites in the united states. So I think Oneida county is primed for this I know the county executive administration is excited for this certainly senator Griffo and congressman brindisi are as well. So we are looking forward to a bright future and making sure we don't get forgotten," said Welsh.