Self-driving cars get ready to roll

-CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR, 3 MARCH 2016, FEAT. PROF. BRYANT WALKER SMITH:

After more than a million miles navigated without human drivers, autonomous-car companies have spotted a new roadblock ahead: state and federal laws. Politicians have been slow to offer a green light to the nascent industry. 

Q: Are self-driving cars legal in the United States?

Sort of. So far, four states and the District of Columbia have adopted laws allowing driverless cars on public roads and designed their regulations to allow companies to test the technology in real-world situations, building in strict requirements, such as a common provision that a person be ready to seize the wheel at any moment should something go wrong. Beyond these early adopters, 16 states are considering the issue and nine have shot down autonomous-vehicle bills, according to a tally by Stanford University’s Center for Internet and Society. <Read More>