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Driverless cars still under red light

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Updated: 6/03/2013 11:29 am
WASHINGTON, DC-- Florida has given driverless cars the green light but federal safety regulators are not sure the car is sophisticated enough yet and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety agrees.

Russ Rayder from the institute says "We will have systems in a few years that can be automatic pilots in some situations on the road" He goes on to say 9 out of 10 crashes are caused by driver mistakes. Mistakes like being distracted by using their cell phones or eating on the road. Automakers say driverless cars will eventually have technology secure enough to make up for that.

These driverless cars use GPS and sensors that allow drivers to let go of the wheel, talk to passengers in the backseat and even read the paper. The cars may even help the visually impaired get back on the road but the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration says they have "considerable concerns" and that states should only allow testing of these vehicles and require special driver's licenses. 

Rayder says this is new territory, and the agency is just trying to create some common-sense rules. The cars might be in the parking lot for now, but automakers expect them to be mainstream down the road.
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