The future of self-driving cars: 5 takeaways from Senate hearing

Several U.S. senators got to cross the Potomac River in self-driving cars earlier this week and lived to tell about it.

The demonstration rides were a prelude to a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on the future of self-driving cars, and the government’s role in seeing that this technology advances in a safe manner. Here are five takeaways from the hearing:

Human drivers only make self-driving cars less safe

That’s the lesson Google Inc. has learned from its seven years of testing of autonomous…


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