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On Autobahn, Drivers May Become Optional in German Pilot Project

That silver blur zipping along the Bavarian autobahn may eventually be piloting itself, under a project to test driverless cars on at least one stretch of Germany’s famously unrestricted highways.

Plans call for a driverless-car pilot project on a portion of the A9 autobahn, the north-south artery that connects Munich and Berlin, Transportation Ministry spokesman Ingo Strater told reporters today. Though driverless cars have already been tested in the U.S. and Germany, the project would be one of the first to equip a stretch of public highway specifically for that purpose.