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US Senate says national rules needed for driverless vehicles

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By Robert Hackwill
US Senate says national rules needed for driverless vehicles

<p>A US Senate panel has recommended federal laws covering the entire country be put in place for the oncoming <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2016/01/07/driverless-cars-steal-the-show-at-ces/">driverless car revolution</a>, and has warned a patchwork of state laws could slow development of the new technology.</p> <p>Differing rules would also prevent cars crossing state lines.</p> <p>In December California proposed draft rules that would bar autonomous vehicles without human controls and a licensed driver. The idea is opposed by <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2015/08/11/why-googles-alphabet-change-may-not-be-simple-as-abc/">Google</a>, a pioneer driverless car developer.</p> <p>Moreover there are increasing concerns that without regulation the still-unproven technology is an accident waiting to happen if it is rolled out too quickly.</p>