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D.C. Council to hold hearing on driverless cars

Tuesday - 10/23/2012, 3:18am  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) - The D.C. Council is holding a hearing on a bill that would allow self-driving cars on the streets of the nation's capital.

Three states _ Nevada, Florida and California _ have already authorized driverless cars on their streets. Google is developing a fleet of the so-called "autonomous vehicles," and the company has been lobbying states to legalize them. Google co-founder Sergey Brin has said he expects self-driving cars to be commercially available within a decade. Several auto manufacturers are also developing them.

The District of Columbia bill was introduced by Councilmember Mary Cheh, a Ward 3 Democrat who took a ride in one of Google's vehicles earlier this year. Representatives from Volvo and Daimler are among those scheduled to testify at Tuesday's hearing.


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