(Reuters) – The top U.S. auto safety regulator said Friday that significant legal hurdles must be cleared before fully self-driving cars without steering wheels & gas pedals can be sold in the United States.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is working on new guidance to states, policymakers & companies on self-driving vehicles that it hopes to release in July.
NHTSA spokesman Gordon Trowbridge said a report being released Friday shows there are relatively few legal hurdles to the deployment of self-driving cars with human controls, yet there are potentially "significant" hurdles to autonomous vehicles with no steering wheels or brake pedals.
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(Reporting by David Shepardson)