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Michigan May Not Require A Human In Self-Driving Test Cars

LANSING (AP) – Michigan would no longer require that someone be inside a self-driving car while testing it on public roads under bills up for a vote in the Legislature.

The change is expected to win Senate approval Wednesday and likely reach Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk within months.

The legislation is designed to keep the U.S. auto industry’s home state ahead of the curve on autonomous vehicles.

A researcher wouldn’t have to be present in a self-driving test car. But he or she would be required to “promptly” take control of its movements if necessary.

The bills also would authorize the public operation of driverless cars and tight “platoons” of commercial trucks to travel in unison at electronically coordinated speeds.

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One Comment

  1. It’s worth the risk for the future of driving safety.

    1. Mike0oSS says:

      This should be rich…I can’t wait for the reports. could be a success, could be a disaster or two…we shall see.

  2. Mr. Myxpyx says:

    But can driverless cars navigate Michigan potholes and construction?

  3. nobama666 says:

    Mich already has the highest insurance policies and now this. Liability lawyers are getting richer and richer.

  4. Madmarv says:

    So the folks in MI worked their whole lives to pay taxes for good roads they cant travel on cause they are out of their delivery job. Makes great sense….vote Trump, lets end all this fraud.

  5. First Last says:

    Like globull warming, wind farms, solar energy and going to Mars…someone is getting rich beyond their wildest dreams. And guess who’s paying for it?

  6. Jeff Spicoli says:

    This should be fun to watch. There are waaay too many variables involved, and people need to make moves to get around. You need to give a couple– and take a couple each day and stay out of each others way.

    Failure and/or apologist excuses by the tech folk coming soon.

  7. So what are the rules, does it choose to “run over my cat vs hitting a parked car?” How about my dog? How about a small child? Can it mix up a small child wandering into the street on a big wheels with a dog it may deem expendable rather than hit a car backing out of a driveway?

    Will the developers be testing these cars where their children play or where my children play?

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