Driverless cars could arrive sooner than you think

By The Brookings Institution

Feb 16, 2016

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On February 4, driverless cars took one step closer to becoming mainstream when the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration stated that computers could be considered legal drivers of vehicles.

The parallel efforts of Silicon Valley and Detroit to develop driverless car technology prompted the Obama administration to announce $4 billion in spending over the next decade on research and development for driverless car technology. With the combined efforts of the technology industry, automakers, and federal regulators, driverless cars could achieve widespread use sooner than many drivers and policymakers might expect.

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