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Germany Greenlights Driverless Vehicles on Public Roads


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Germany's lower house has adopted legislation that would allow driverless vehicles on public roads by next year.

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Legislation passed by the lower house of Germany's parliament would permit driverless vehicles on that nation’s public roads by 2022.

The bill specifically addresses vehicles with the Society of Automobile Engineers' Level 4 autonomy designation, which means all driving is handled by the vehicle’s computer in certain conditions.

The legislation also details possible initial applications for self-driving cars, including public passenger transport, business and supply trips, logistics, company shuttles, and trips between medical centers and retirement homes.

Commercial driverless vehicle operators would have to carry liability insurance and be able to stop autonomous operations remotely, among other requirements.

The bill still needs the approval of the upper chamber of Germany's parliament before it can be enacted into law.

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