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Driverless Car Rollout Seen Stalling Without Nationwide Rules

  • Patchwork of state of local laws are `greatest obstacle'
  • Industry leaders urge Congress to develop a single standard
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A patchwork of state laws governing the operation of self-driving cars threatens to stall their development, supporters told lawmakers as U.S. senators began consideration of a national standard for robotic vehicles.

“It’s absolutely critical that we have uniform rules across the country,” Senator Gary Peters, a Michigan Democrat, said in an interview. “These are vehicles that will be on interstate highways and going across state lines. If you have a patchwork of state regulations, it will slow down the process, add confusion and ultimately, I don’t think will add to safety or the advancement of these technologies.”