The White House will spend nearly $4 billion over ten years to accelerate the development of self-driving cars, according to a plan unveiled on Thursday, NBC News reported.
The move is part of an initiative President Barack Obama announced during his State of the Union address on Tuesday to build a “21st century transportation system.”
The White House wants to spend $3.9 billion for pilot programs to test “connected vehicle systems” throughout the country. The White House claims self-driving cars could cut down on accidents.
"We know that 83 percent of car accidents are due to human error," U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx said at the auto show in Detroit. "What happens if human error could be eliminated? That's a powerful possibility, and that's a possibility worth pursuing."