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Self-driving cars can now go solo in California

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The self-driving car revolution continues apace, but until now autonomous vehicles needed to have a flesh-and-blood, human driver as back up if they were allowed out in the road. Not any longer.

Over in California, where a lot of these software-controlled cars are currently being put through their paces, authorities have given the all clear for them to set off without anyone in the car to take control if something goes wrong.

The new legislation only applies at a couple of testing sites in the state, so self-driving cars can’t go solo on real roads just yet, but nevertheless it’s a landmark moment for a technology that has advanced rapidly in recent years.

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