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Self-driving cars may get here before we're ready

Even though such cars could be ready for the road within the next decade, only 6% of the US's most populous cities have accounted for them in their long-term plans: research group

Although the federal government has expressed support for autonomous vehicles, it has so far left regulatory decisions to state and local governments; only a handful of US states have passed laws relating to the testing of autonomous cars, and no state expressly allows a completely unmanned vehicle on the road.

New York

SOMETIME in the future - although no one quite knows when - your morning commute may look something like this: Open an app, summon a car and wait for the arrival of a driverless vehicle that will whisk you to work like a ghost chauffeur.

For many of the carmakers and...