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Saturday June 17, 2017

New Law Clears the Way for Driverless Cars on Texas Roads

Self-driving cars are now officially welcome in Texas. While autonomous vehicles were never actually banned from the Lone Star State’s roads, new legislation explicitly permits them to roam the streets as long as they meet obvious conditions: these include obeying traffic laws, carrying insurance, and being able to record video. Manufacturers such as GM and Toyota backed the bill.

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There was nothing in existing law that banned autonomous vehicles from Texas roads. After all, Google has been testing them since 2015 in Austin, and Arlington is rolling them out. And several Texas sites were chosen by the U.S. Department of Transportation to test the technology in closed-course settings. Yet because state statutes didn’t address the emerging technology at all, some manufacturers have told state officials they were wary about testing vehicles alongside street and highway traffic in Texas.