"Driverless cars to become a reality in Michigan"
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Driverless cars to become a reality in Michigan
Michigan has taken the lead in the driverless car race.
The state's governor Rick Snyder just signed a bill that would allow the operation and eventual sale of autonomous vehicles.
While other states, including Nevada and California, already allow for their testing and operation Michigan is the first to make it legal to have them on the road without a driver behind the wheel, or steering wheel altogether.
But the state can't take all the credit.
It had a little help from some of its automotive friends, who already had some cars in the self-driving game.
General Motors, Ford, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Google, Toyota, Uber, and Lyft Are all said to have been contributed to make sure the Bill actually did something impactful.
And even with the industry input there maybe a few players feeling a bit left out.
The Bill states that companies like Apple group.
Google and Uber who may be working on their own prototype or the technology for these prototypes will only be included if the companies work with the vehicle manufacturer.
And it complies with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Lyft already announced a partnership with GM to roll out a fleet of self-driving Chevy Volt electric vehicles, Well Ford plans to sell thousands of autonomous vehicles for ride sharing purposes starting in 2021.
The law is said to go into effect immediately.
So Michigan will officially become the nation's guinea pig to see if these cars actually make the road safer.
And for more tech news make sure to check out CNET.com.
From San Francisco I'm Vanessa Hand Orellana.
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