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New NHTSA Decision Will Allow Google Cars Without Drivers

A new decision by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will allow Google’s self-driving cars to be considered a ‘driver’. With the blessings of NHTSA, Google’s cars can lack steering wheels, brake pedals, car seats and human drivers. Passengers in Google cars will not even require a driver’s license. For those who are unaware, NHTSA is the main regulatory agency for vehicles sold in the U.S. Google has told NHTSA it is concerned human drivers taking control of its self-driving cars would be more likely to cause auto accidents. Several major auto manufacturers are developing self-driving cars, and NHTSA’s new rule could put these high tech vehicles on our roads much faster. Some auto manufacturers are making claims that self-driving vehicles will have enormous benefits for driver safety. Volvo recently stated its self-driving cars would be “death proof”. Volvo’s comments bring up an important point. Are self-driving cars good…
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