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Transportation Department recommends autonomous vehicle testing

Posted on Thursday, August 29th, 2013 at 9:19 pm    

Self-driving cars and vehicles with semi-autonomous features are currently in development by a range of different companies, and in order to keep up with these rapid technological changes, the Transportation Department has released its recommendations for how states should treat these vehicles. While the recommendations are not binding, the Department suggests that states only allow self-driving cars on public roadways for testing purposes at the present time. However, it also states that some autonomous driving features, such as automatic lane correction, can help to save lives.

As the technology behind self-driving cars continues to develop, it is likely that the laws governing their use will change, and they may eventually become commercially available to the general public. However, there are a number of important issues that remain to be resolved, particularly the assessment of liability in cases where autonomous vehicles are involved in an auto accident.

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