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Germany gears up for the future


Testing self-driving technologies on public roads will be key to fast-tracking its widespread adoption. And German authorities have given the green light for companies to do just that.

The country announced Friday it is legalising testing on public roads as long as companies meet certain conditions. A person will need to ride in the cars to take charge when the AI system falters, and a black box must be installed to gather data on performance. The guidelines will be updated in 24 months to ensure regulators keep pace with advances in tech.

And German companies plan to lead the way. Daimler and Bosch announced recently they are joining forces to put an autonomous car service on the road by the early 2020s.

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