Michigan lets autonomous cars on roads without human driverStaff Writer | December 10, 2016
Companies can now test self-driving cars on Michigan public roads without a driver or steering wheel under new laws.
Auto industry The potential to be a leader
It also allows automakers and tech companies to run autonomous taxi services and permits test parades of self-driving tractor-trailers as long as humans are in each truck.
They allow the sale of self-driving vehicles to the public once they are tested and certified, according to the state.
The bills allow testing without burdensome regulations so the industry can move forward with potential life-saving technology, said Gov. Rick Snyder, who signed the bills.
"It makes Michigan a place where particularly for the auto industry it's a good place to do work," he said.
The bills give Michigan the potential to be a leader by giving the companies more autonomy than say, California, which now requires human backup drivers in case something goes awry. ■