Washington welcomes its first certified autonomous vehicle pilot test

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Gov. Jay Inslee’s office on Wednesday welcomed a Torc Robotics vehicle to Seattle, marking the first certified autonomous vehicle pilot test in Washington since the governor issued an executive order last month to support AV technology.

Torc Robotics, a spin-off company from Virginia Tech, safely drove its semi-autonomous vehicle across the country and through Washington state without incident. Charles Knutson, Inslee’s executive policy adviser, was there to welcome the vehicle, buy the support crew a cup of coffee and present them with a Washington state flag to recognize their significant achievement.

Torc Robotics specifically chose to conduct its test in Washington because of the governor’s support of self-driving cars and his recent executive order.

“I want to congratulate Torc Robotics on their cross-country autonomous vehicle trip and welcome them to our state,” Inslee said. “Washington is already a leader in autonomous vehicle technology, and these early tests demonstrate how AVs could help save lives, improve mobility and be an important tool in our efforts to combat climate change.”

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Tara Lee
Governor Inslee’s Communications Office