In a Friday move which marks a momentous advance in self-driving car policy making, Michigan became the first US state to establish regulations for the testing and use of self-driving cars as well as their eventual sale.
Enabling Michigan to lead the charge on self-driving car legislation, Gov. Rick Snyder has signed four bills which comprise an autonomous vehicles legislative package. The signed legislation paves the way for the operation of self-driving vehicles -- without a steering wheel, brake pedal, or a human driver in the front seat -- on public roads in Michigan.
The legislation signed by Snyder marks a highly noteworthy move by Michigan to have rules in place for testing, use and eventual sale of self-driving cars. Previously, only the testing of self-driving cars by automakers was allowed.
Snyder signed the legislation at the Automotive Hall of Fame on Friday, in the presence of a primary bill sponsor, Sen. Mike Kowall, as well as executives from Ford and General Motors (GM). The legislation has been shaped with help from Ford, GM, Google, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota, Uber, and Lyft.
Highlighting the fact that the legislation also permits companies to use self-driving cars for ride-sharing services, Snyder's office said in a press release that the new legislation will ensure that "Michigan continues to be the world leader in autonomous, driverless and connected vehicle technology."
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