HARTFORD, Conn. — Democratic Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has announced the launching of the state’s autonomous vehicle testing pilot program.

The initiative was created by a 2017 law that will allow four towns and cities to participate in a program for testing of fully autonomous vehicles on their roadways.

The state will choose the municipalities for participation from an application process.

The application includes questions about how municipalities will oversee testing, and how local officials will educate community members about safety and road-sharing with self-driving cars. Officials also want to see how applicants will train law enforcement and emergency response personnel to respond to potential traffic crashes.

Malloy says self-driving vehicles are the “future of transportation,” and that the state will not be outpaced by others.