COLCHESTER, Vt. — Vermont’s Agency of Transportation says it’s time for state lawmakers to prepare legislation ahead of the introduction of self-driving vehicles.

Vermont Public Radio reports Vermont is one of 20 states that have not prepared for the technology. VTrans cited a survey in its Jan. 15 report to the state General Assembly that found 20 states have either passed legislation or established executive orders related to automated vehicles.

Agency policy, planning and research director Joe Segale says he wants the state to benefit from the technology as soon as possible.

He says he wants permitting to be easy to obtain and inexpensive so companies could test automated vehicles on the steep and winding roads of Vermont.

Segale says he hopes a report will be finalized before the 2019 legislative session.