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Texas House Approves Regulations For Self-Driving Cars

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    Texas House Approves Regulations For Self-Driving Cars
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    FILE NOT CAR FROM STORY - In this May 13, 2014, file photo, a Google self-driving car goes on a test drive near the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif.

    The Texas House has approved safety standards for self-driving cars, hoping to better regulate technology that's already been tested on the streets of the state capital.

    The bill by Sen. Kelly Hancock, a North Richland Hills Republican, mandates that autonomous vehicles comply with national traffic codes. The state could also supersede local regulations made to accommodate self-driving cars.

    The House passed Hancock's measure via voice vote Saturday. It unanimously cleared the Senate last month, but House changes now send it back there.

    Google has tested self-driving cars in Austin, where city officials embraced technology that in the past was slowed by regulations in the company's home state of California.

    Hancock's bill also requires self-driving cars to be equipped with data-recording systems and to stop and notify "proper authorities" after crashes.

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