BELLEVUE, Wash. — Governor Jay Inslee signed an executive order Wednesday to show Washington State’s commitment to the development of self-driving vehicles.
According to a release b y the governor's office, the order:
The order was signed at the Bellevue radar technology startup Echodyne, which says it’s the first company to create radar technology that can be used in everything from drones to cars.
Engineers say with the new system, self-driving vehicles can better detect and avoid objects around them, especially when moving at high speed.
Existing technology relies on sensors and cameras that can be less effective in fog, snow and rain.
Aside from signing the executive order, Inslee toured Echodyne's vehicle research and testing facility and got a demonstration of how the radar technology would work in self-driving cars.
When KIRO 7 toured Echodyne last fall, the CEO said some major players in driverless car industry have been looking at their technology.
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