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Driverless Cars May Soon Be on D.C. Streets

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A woman demonstrates a driverless car at the Science Museum in London. The car driven by a hi-tech ghost of laser sensors and computers.  (credit: CHRIS YOUNG/AFP/Getty Images)

A woman demonstrates a driverless car at the Science Museum in London. The car driven by a hi-tech ghost of laser sensors and computers. (credit: CHRIS YOUNG/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON — The D.C. Council is holding a hearing on a bill that would allow self-driving cars on the streets of the nation’s capital.

Three states — Nevada, Florida and California — have already authorized driverless cars on their streets. Google is developing a fleet of the so-called “autonomous vehicles,” and the company has been lobbying states to legalize them. Google co-founder Sergey Brin has said he expects self-driving cars to be commercially available within a decade. Several auto manufacturers are also developing them.

The District of Columbia bill was introduced by Councilmember Mary Cheh, a Ward 3 Democrat who took a ride in one of Google’s vehicles earlier this year. Representatives from Volvo and Daimler are among those scheduled to testify at Tuesday’s hearing.

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