First National Autonomous Vehicle Day Recognized At Drone Focus Conference

A commemorative patch for the first National Autonomous Vehicle Day. Photo by Brandi Jewett/Droning On.

FARGO, N.D — In recognition of their growing role in society, autonomous vehicles — including driverless cars, drones and more — now have a day to call their own.

The first National Autonomous Vehicle Day was decreed May 31 during a presentation at Drone Focus, a two-day conference held in Fargo.

“The 31st of May, on the Julian Calendar, will from this day forward be forever be known as National Autonomous Vehicle Day,” Marlo Anderson, founder of the National Day Calendar, read from a ceremonial scroll on the conference stage.

Ringing in the new holiday alongside Anderson were U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D.

Commemorative patches were distributed to audience members and attendees were encouraged to spread news of the day on social media with the hashtag #AutonomousVehicleDay.