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Ready or not, self-driving cars will be sharing the road with you soon

Governor Rick Snyder signing the bill that will allow for autonomous vehicles to be driven on public roads.
Ryan Burklow
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Executive Office of Gov. Rick Snyder
Governor Rick Snyder signing the bill that will allow for autonomous vehicles to be driven on public roads.

Self-driving cars are officially hitting roads in the near future.

Governor Rick Snyder signed a new law that allows autonomous vehicles to begin testing on public roads.

According to state officials, Michigan becomes the first state to make detailed regulations for autonomous car research and development by signing this law.

This law defines how self-driving cars can be used on public roads, including testing the vehicles, ride-sharing services and eventually commercial use by the public.

Governor Snyder believes self-driving cars can help people with various needs.

“Autonomous vehicles, intelligent vehicles will open opportunities for people who don't have that opportunity today,” Snyder said.

“That could apply whether it’s a senior who’s no longer able to drive, someone that may suffer disability and they can’t get around, or someone who doesn’t have the economic resources to have their own vehicle,” Snyder said.

Snyder says the new law will keep drivers safe by cutting down on the chance for human-caused mistakes on the road.

“Most vehicle accidents involve human error,” he said. “We can be safer because of this, and isn't that critically important to save every additional life we can?”

Ford, General Motors, Toyota and Fiat Chrysler all worked together to develop the legislation. These are just some of the companies worldwide developing autonomous vehicles. 

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