Kowall responds to news that Google will open a self-driving test center in Novi

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LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall said that Google’s announcement on Wednesday that the company will be opening a self-driving test center in Novi is great news for the state’s economy.

“This is very exciting news for the 15th Senate District and all of Michigan,” said Kowall, R-White Lake. “I am continuing to work with Google and other automakers to ensure that Michigan remains the auto capital of the world now and far into the future.”

Kowall is the lead sponsor of a package of bills introduced on Wednesday that would update the law on autonomous vehicles to provide safer transportation, better mobility and a stronger economy.

Senate Bills 995 – 998 would reduce barriers to further research and “real world” testing of autonomous vehicles to move safer technology into the marketplace more quickly.

“Google is one of the leaders in this technology,” Kowall said. “These bills will enable autonomous vehicle technology to advance in the state.”