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Legal Framework Needed Before Autonomous Cars Navigate City Streets

In Germany, computer-assisted driving is allowed but only up to speeds of 10 kilometers per hour (6.2 miles per hour).

Published: 20-Jan-2014

LAS VEGAS — The future of driving is right around the corner.

Hydrogen-powered and solar-powered vehicles are on the streets. So are cars that can get you through stop-and-go traffic while you sit back and send texts from behind the wheel. Cars are even using radar, ultrasonic waves and cameras to jump into the passing lane and get around slowpokes.

Sure, all of these technologies are still in the testing phase, but that hasn’t stopped car makers and technology companies from showing off a new paradigm of driving at the International CES gadget show earlier this month . It’s a world in which you no longer grip the wheel with excitement, but instead relax with a book or movie as your car chauffeurs you to your destination.

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