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Michigan Votes Unanimously To Remove Drivers From Autonomous Test Vehicles

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Wednesday, the Michigan State Senate voted unanimously to implement legislation that would not require drivers to be present in driverless vehicles being tested on public roads. In the past, researchers have acted as emergency drivers should such vehicles experience failure during test runs.

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Michigan is one of eight states with laws related to autonomous vehicles. But only one other state, Florida, has passed legislation not requiring a driver to be present during testing. Nevada is considering similar legislation.

The leader of Michigan's legislation, Republican Sen. Mike Kowall of White Lake, believes the legislation will ensure technological progress in the state.

According to the Associated Press release, Kowall stated, "We're moving into the next century [...] With your assistance, we're going to secure Michigan's place ... as the center of the universe for autonomous vehicle studies, research, development and manufacturing."

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