Google's Self-Driving Car Miles Ahead of Texas Laws

Amid considerable fanfare, Google showcased a prototype of its self-driving car this week in Austin.

Along with wowing 1,300 attendees at a conference put on by the Texas Department of Transportation, the company’s groundbreaking technology also exposed how the state’s laws are unprepared for roads filled with vehicles that drive themselves.

Google did not seek permission from any local or state agencies before driving its experimental vehicle on Texas roads and highways alongside thousands of other vehicles, the company confirmed. Any other company testing self-driving technology in Texas wouldn't need to either. Neither Austin nor Texas laws appear to ...

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