(Last Updated On: November 7, 2022)


Observe the future on May 31st with National Autonomous Vehicle Day and experience the realization of science and technology merging like never before.


An autonomous vehicle, including self-driving cars (both manned and unmanned) and unmanned aerial vehicles, may seem like something out of a science fiction movie. Still, these cutting-edge technologies have placed a variety of industries at a precipice of change. Cars that take us from point A to point B without having to touch the wheel are already a reality in some states. Autonomous Friendly Corridors, like one proposed in North Dakota, could boost commerce and become centers of more innovation. Pilot programs around the country test a variety of formats.

The year 2017 proved to be a big year for the Autonomous Vehicle. The first ten testing sites dedicated to developing autonomous vehicles were announced by the US Department of Transportation. While some states grapple with how this new technology affects current laws and what changes may need to be made, others addressed those questions paving the way (or the skies) for autonomous vehicles to make their debut in their own states.

Driverless cars in test areas continue to expand. Not only do these small samplings provide an opportunity for communities to see and how they perform, but they also give the industry a chance to show how their safety technology works, one community at a time.

Additionally, advancements in technology are propelling industry and infrastructure to keep pace. Proposals range far and wide, influencing agriculture, commerce, medicine, and transportation.

According to the Brookings Institution, one-quarter of all cars will be autonomous by 2040. National Autonomous Vehicle Day recognizes that the future is here. And that future is in the form of a self-driving car that gets us safely from here to there.

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It’s not just a question of how will we travel. But it is how will the autonomous vehicles change the world? Find out more about the changing world of autonomous transportation and vehicles. If you’ve ridden in an autonomous vehicle, share your experience. What are your thoughts on autonomous vehicles? Let us know using #AutonomousVehicleDay on social media.

Are you curious about this emerging industry? Read 7 Things About Autonomous Vehicles You Might Not Know.


Emerging Prairie and Marlo Anderson founded National Autonomous Vehicle Day to celebrate the advances in the Autonomous Vehicle industry and the potential opportunities for business and technology growth related to this phenomenal concept. The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day in 2017 to be observed annually.

May 31st Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History


The first New York Taxicab Company cabs arrive in New York City. Owner Harry N. Allen imported 65 of the red and green cars from France. However, they weren’t the first taxicabs to operate in the United States. In 1897, Samuel’s Electric Carriage and Wagon Company launched in New York City. The company’s electric vehicles grew to 100 by 1889 with a new name – Electric Vehicle Company. By the turn of the century, they operated 1,000 cabs. After fire destroyed almost a third of its cabs and financial crisis struck the country in 1907, Electric Vehicle Company shuttered its doors.


The Titanic launches from Belfast, Northern Ireland.


The State of Israel hangs World War II official Adolf Eichmann for his role in the Holocaust.


Memorial Day is celebrated on the last Monday in May for the first time. In 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act giving the country five federal three-day weekends a year. The other four holidays include Washington’s Birthday (Presidents’ Day), Labor Day, Columbus Day and Veterans Day.


In a Vanity Fair article, John D. O’Connor reveals the name of Deep Throat. FBI official Mark Felt confided in O’Connor, family friend and attorney, in 2002.

May 31st Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

Walt Whitman – 1819

The transcendentalist and prolific poet, Walt Whitman began his career as a printer and journalist. Author of Leaves of Grass, he published the volume of poems himself.

Chien-Shiung Wu – 1912

In 1936, the Chinese physicist emigrated to the United States. She would become instrumental to the Manhattan Project through her pioneering contributions to particle physics.

Clint Eastwood – 1930

“Go ahead, make my day.” Harry Callahan (AKA Dirty Harry) in Sudden Impact

Clint Eastwood is equally recognized for his acting, directing, and producing abilities. His credits include a long list of award nominations and wins, including Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby, and American Sniper.

Joe Namath – 1943

The American quarterback played professional football for 13 seasons. In 1969, Namath helped secure a Super Bowl win for the New York Jets.

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