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Texas Lawmakers Clear the Way for Driverless Vehicles

Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill last week that signals to OEMs that they are welcome to test self-driving cars on the state's roads and highways without a driver behind the wheel.

Nothing had previously stopped these vehicles from Texas roadways, but the additional clarity increase the likelihood Tesla, Uber, Waymo and others will choose Texas to test out the driverless vehicles.

The bill, Senate Bill 2205, requires driverless vehicles used on highways be capable of complying with all traffic laws, be equipped with video recording devices and be insured just like other cars. It also makes the manufacturer responsible for any broken traffic laws or car wrecks.

Texas is now among 18 states that have passed bills related to autonomous vehicles.

Image credit: Cameron Kirby via unsplash.com

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