Company wants to make special lanes for self-driving cars

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A company called  “Hyperlane” thinks self-driving vehicles should have their own lanes.

The creators would like for the hyperlanes to run along existing highways.

Those special lanes would be monitored and tracked by a central computer.

That technological oversight might mean the cars could go up to 100 MPH, free from traffic jams. That is a lot faster than what we saw when a News 4 crew recently rode in a self-driving Cadillac around the UB campus.

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul says the technology makes for a super smooth ride.

“You really feel like you’re in an ordinary vehicle,” Hochul said. “It’s not designed any differently other than a few cameras pointed in different places, so I think that’s what people are going to be surprised at.”

Last month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the state was accepting applications from companies interested in testing or demonstrating the self-driving technology on our roads.

Experts say some people worry they won’t have any control over the self-driving cars. A lot of the companies are said to be working on smartphone apps that would allow the drivers to feel like they are connected, and have some level of control with the cars.

Experts predict that we will start seeing self-driving cars on the road in two or three years.

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