The Isle of Man, a self-governing island of 90,000 in the middle of the Irish Sea with a land area about the size of Chicago, wants to make itself a magnet for self-driving car development.
Phil Gawne, the transportation minister, said the island's government has had discussions with multiple companies interested in establishing driverless cars there, according to The Washington Post.
The island could make swift changes in its laws, possibly by early summer, a much speedier outcome than larger countries with more cumbersome bureaucracies could accomplish.
"We like to be innovative on the island," Gawne told The Post. "We like also to be independent. This helps both those areas in terms of our international image and reputation."
The island is known as a tourist haven famous for its TT motorcycle races and roads with no speed limits. It also is known for quirky public transportation, including electric trolleys, a narrow gauge steam railway and a horse-drawn tram.
Navigant Research analyst David Alexander said an island could be an ideal place for public trials of autonomous cars: "Things can be tried on an island that may not be practical in a city. On the mainland, there will always be someone who wants to go beyond the range of this trial and will then proclaim how useless autonomous cars are."