US plans $4bn for self-driving rules

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A 10-year, $4bn (£2.8bn) proposal to bring self-driving cars to roads across the US has been announced by the Department of Transportation. The plan's stated aim is to implement consistent laws across all states and eventually to eliminate human error. "That is a possibility worth pursuing," said DoT head Anthony Foxx at the Detroit Motor Show on Thursday. The plans are backed by carmakers and technology companies including Google, Tesla, Ford, General Motors and Volvo. The move by the Obama administration comes after several firms complained that differing rules across the US were creating unnecessary headaches for those developing autonomous technology. 'Perplexing' In October, Volvo said: "The absence of one set of rules means car makers cannot conduct credible tests to develop cars that meet all the different guidelines of all 50 US states."

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