The Washington Post reports that Ford Motor Company and Argo AI have announced they will begin testing self-driving cars in Washington, DC, next year.
This is exciting to me as a Ford alumnus, and because I grew up in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC, so I know the city well.
Beyond my personal connections, this just seems like another step in the increasingly rapid expansion of self-driving vehicles to more and more cities.
Lyft and Aptiv are testing with the general public Las Vegas right now, as is Drive.AI in the Dallas suburbs.
Uber has tested in Pittsburgh in the past, and probably will test again in the future, as has nuTonomy in Boston.
Waymo says they will open their Phoenix-area fleet to the general public this year. Cruise will open their fleet to the public in San Francisco next year. Now Ford says they will open to the public in Washington, DC.
New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston are the four largest cities in America. Presumably self-driving cars will get there in the next few years, too.