Stamford explores driverless shuttle pilot program

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If the city of Stamford gets its way, autonomous cars could be on its streets in the next year or two.

A new state law will allow up to four cities and towns to test driverless cars.

In Stamford, the private streets around Harbor Point would be the first test track, but eventually, a driverless shuttle could even pick commuters up from the train station. A garage that parks cars and allows people to access an app to retrieve them is also being discussed.

Thomas Madden, the city’s economic development director, says testing the new technology could mean high-tech jobs.

"We've been reaching out to the Big Three as well as some of the other manufacturers, as well as hardware and software companies,” he says.

Carmakers insist they are safe, but resident Carole Meshil isn't sold yet.

"I still like to be in control. In a driverless car, I'm not in control.  The car is,” she says.

Before the cars hit the roads, the state of Connecticut has to set up rules and give Stamford the go-ahead. Bridgeport has also expressed interest in testing driverless cars. 

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