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Congress Could Make Self-Driving Cars Happen — or Ruin Everything


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Credit: Wired

The U.S. Congress just steppend into the robocar game. In the past two days, a pair of senators started drafting legislation to advance autonomous vehicles, and the House Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection held a two-hour hearing exploring how on the tech might be deployed. It's a considerable, if tentative, step into the future of transportation.

Of course, they're just a bit late. Everything is racing ahead of a regulatory structure ill-equipped to usher in this change.

The nation's patchwork of laws regulating this technology say nothing about how it is tested (or even defined), how cars using it will operate, or even who should settle these questions. Congress can address these all of these questions and ensure this technology succeeds.

Or they can screw it all up.

From Wired
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