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Mayor Walsh Brings Driverless Cars One Step Closer to Boston

Mayor Walsh says this is an exciting step forward for the city.

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    FILE - In this May 13, 2014, file photo, a Google self-driving car goes on a test drive near the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif.

    Driverless cars are closer to becoming a reality in Boston.

    Mayor Marty Walsh says the city and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation have signed a memorandum of understanding with nuTonomy, a Cambridge-based software developer for self-driving vehicles. Walsh says tests on public roads in the city could begin by the end of the year.

    Walsh, a Democrat, and Republican Gov. Charlie Baker previously issued executive orders allowing for the on-street testing process.

    The mayor calls it an exciting step forward for the city.

    State transportation secretary Stephanie Pollack says testing will follow a "rigorous approval process and respective safety protocols.''

    An engineer from nuTonomy will ride in the cars during testing and be prepared to take control of the vehicles if necessary.

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