DEARBORN — The future of automated vehicle technology got a big boost on Friday.

Governor Rick Snyder signed into law Senate Bill 995, which allows the operation of autonomous vehicles on Michigan roads. According to a release from Snyder’s office, such vehicles were previously only permitted for use in testing by automotive manufacturers.

The bill will allow for automated vehicle platoons, and it will also create a new Michigan Council on Future Mobility within the Michigan Department of Transportation to make future policy recommendations. It was one of four automobile-related bills signed on Friday by Snyder.

[Photo courtesy the Office of Governor Rick Snyder]