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Texas Senate Approves Regulations for Self-Driving Cars

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    Texas Senate Approves Regulations for Self-Driving Cars
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    A Google self-driving car is displayed at the Google headquarters on September 25, 2012 in Mountain View, California. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed State Senate Bill 1298 that allows driverless cars to operate on public roads for testing purposes. The bill also calls for the Department of Motor Vehicles to adopt regulations that govern licensing, bonding, testing and operation of the driverless vehicles before January 2015.

    The Texas Senate 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.

    A bill by Sen. Kelly Hancock, a North Richland Hills Republican, mandates that autonomous vehicles comply with national traffic codes. It also allows the state to supersede any local regulations Texas communities have made to accommodate self-driving cars.

    Hancock's measure was approved 31-0 on Tuesday, and now speeds to the state House.

    Google has tested self-driving cars in Austin, where city officials embraced technology that has in the past been slowed somewhat 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 the proper authorities" after crashes.

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