Michigan Senate Approves Autonomous-Vehicle Legislation

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Justin Cupler has specialized as an automotive writer since 2009 and has been published in multiple websites and online magazines. In addition to contributing to CarsDirect, Justin also hosts a web-series car-review show and dabbles in the world of personal-finance writing.

His specialty is in the high-performance realm, but he has a deep love and understanding for all things automotive. Before diving into the world of writing, Justin was an automotive technician and manager for six years and spent the majority of his younger life tinkering with classic muscle cars.

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, Automotive Editor - September 12, 2016

The city of Detroit is still struggling and its savior may be the resurrection of domestic automakers. With this in mind, Michigan’s government is quick to pass laws that protect its one-time booming auto industry. And it appears as if four bills intended to help U.S. automakers develop and test autonomous-driving technology are on their way to becoming law.

Provisions include granting the right to autonomous driving on all roads for any reason (not just for testing purposes), and allowing a computer system to act as the "driver." Other liberties given by these bills include the extension of liability protection to mechanics who work on autonomous cars (we assume this means you cannot sue them because your car malfunctions), and authorization of the planned American Center for Mobility in the old GM Willow Run plant.

The bills were passed by Michigan’s Senate with a 36-0 vote. They're expected to meet little resistance in the House, which much also approve them before they become law.

This isn’t the first law that will give autonomous cars the freedom to use public roads. Testing has been allowed on Michigan's roads since 2013.

Despite laws that all but certain to take effect soon, it will still be years before we see a fully autonomous car on the streets. Luckily, there are plenty of GM models with great deals to hold folks off until these self-driving cars debut. One of the most intriguing deals is the 39-month lease deal on the 2017 Chevrolet Volt. This deal, which is only good in California and Oregon, runs just $299 per month with nothing due at signing.

, Automotive Editor

Justin Cupler has specialized as an automotive writer since 2009 and has been published in multiple websites and online magazines. In addition to contributing to CarsDirect, Justin also hosts a web-series car-review show and dabbles in the world of personal-finance writing.

His specialty is in the high-performance realm, but he has a deep love and understanding for all things automotive. Before diving into the world of writing, Justin was an automotive technician and manager for six years and spent the majority of his younger life tinkering with classic muscle cars.

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