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Senate confronts legal, logistical roadblocks to self-driving cars

Joe Mont | October 4, 2017

We may never get to see the science fiction dream of flying cars in our lifetime, but Congress is working to make self-driving vehicles a part of everyday life.

The Senate Commerce Committee, on Oct. 4, held a markup of legislation that could serve as a prelude to the broad-based use of autonomous vehicles. The bill under review is S. 1885, The American Vision for Safer Transportation Through Advancement of Revolutionary Technologies (AV START) Act. Sponsors include senators John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.).

A section-by-section breakdown of the bill can be...

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