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Federal guidelines for self-driving cars are coming in July

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Current US highway deaths are equal to a 747 crashing every week for a year… it s unacceptable, he said.

In comparison, Google s autonomous car has driven over 1.5-million miles with only one minor incident caused by the artificial intelligence.

While the technology for autonomous vehicles is already mostly there, what most fear is the slow-moving regulatory environment that could slow progress and keep self-driving cars off the road for years, even decades.

To move the process along, Tesla Motors has even offered up its collected data from more than 50,000 cars sold each year, a step that would provide a dossier on autonomous driving in real-world conditions and could speed the process considerably.

Google data could prove quite valuable as well.

Currently, 15 states have proposed new laws surrounding self-driving vehicles over the past 12 months, a move that could leave automakers lobbying for support in all 50 states and attempting to navigate tricky, and sometimes conflicting, policy on a statewide level.

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