U.S. may seek power to pre-approve self-driving car technology

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration said Monday it was considering seeking the power to review and approve technology for self-driving cars before they hit the road and said U.S. states should not set separate rules. The U.S. Transportation Department, in its most comprehensive statement yet on autonomous vehicles, also issued voluntary guidelines and urged automakers to certify that their highly automated vehicles were ready for public roads. "We have to get it right." Automakers and technology companies are racing to develop vehicles that can drive themselves at least part of the time.

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