Self-Driving Cars Clear a Hurdle,With Computer Called Driver – Wall Street Journal

Federal highway regulators, aiming to help companies figure out how to meet safety standards when designing cars, are willing to consider a computer running an autonomous vehicle as the “driver.”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s decision, coming in response to a query from an official with Alphabet Inc.’s Google X self-driving car program, will likely provide flexibility in meeting Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards that govern a range of design requirements. For instance, the location of a turn…

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