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Minnesota considers driverless vehicle ban

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A bill is being introduced into the Minnesota state Senate which, if approved, would indefinitely ban the use of self-driving cars there.

Statescoop.com says the move follows the death of a woman struck by a self-driving Uber test vehicle in Tempe, Arizona, last month.

It explains that Republican Senator Jim Abeler and three other senators authored the piece of legislation but that  Sen Abeler does not expect the bill to pass this year, according to the Associated Press, but wants to start the debate on self-driving cars.

“Arizona confirmed my concerns,” It quotes Abeler as telling Minnesota Public Radio. “I’ve been hearing about this and am very worried about it. And very frankly, the idea of driving home while you ride in the back seat is just a recipe for trouble.”

The report points out that there are currently no self-driving vehicles that allow users to sit in the back seat.

 
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