Waymo’s Driverless Car Efforts Limited By Some States

Alphabet Inc.’s self-driving car unit said in a tweet Jan. 22 it will test its vehicles on public roads in Atlanta with no human driver inside and wants to expand to other cities. Waymo, which began as a Google project in 2009, gained an edge last November by becoming the first company to test its technology without a safety driver on U.S. roads.
Waymo’s announcement spotlights how companies are grappling with the patchwork of state laws that govern autonomous vehicles as they look to nationally expand the technology…
A pair of bills in Congress propose to speed up the rollout of autonomous vehicles and would allow driverless operations nationally as long as federal safety requirements are met, Amitai Bin-Nun, vice president of autonomous vehicles and mobility innovation at advocacy group Securing America’s Future Energy’s (SAFE), told Bloomberg Law.