With the influx of automated processes, devices and eventually vehicles making their way into the marketplace, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has given the automation industry more influence over state government through the creation of a new office called the Autonomous Systems Center of Excellence.Rac

In an announcement Thursday, McAuliffe said the center will expand the automation industry in the state. The governor spoke at Xponential, an autonomous technology conference in Dallas, Texas, where the Association for Unmanned Vehicle System International brought together interests from throughout the industry, where he shared his vision for how automation will shape the state’s future.

“The autonomous systems industry is one of the cornerstones of the new Virginia economy,” McAuliffe said.  “… We will send a clear message that Virginia is open for unmanned systems business. Over the past three years, we’ve made tremendous progress to support this emerging industry, and we’ll continue our efforts to cut red tape and open the door for further growth.”

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