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County commissioner calls for driverless-only lanes

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A county commissioner in Texas thinks that specific lanes for driverless vehicles could be built on the Interstate 35 between Austin and San Antonio.

The San Antonio Express-News reports that Bexar County Commissioner Kevin Wolff believes that a meeting he had last month in Washington with federal transportation officials could lead to construction of the lanes and that, “This is the first proposal of its kind in the nation that I’m aware of, and when the feds heard about it, they told me, ‘This is just the kind of proposal we want to fund.’”

But the report says that if it happens, it’ll take a while. The 95-mile stretch of eight-lane highway — which is one of America’s most congested traffic corridors — is already scheduled for an $8 billion expansion to add four “managed lanes” around 2025.

Wolff wants to make two of those four lanes designed for driverless vehicles — one in each direction from the Williamson County line in far north Austin almost to downtown San Antonio.

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