D.C. Council driverless cars hearing set

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The D.C. Council is holding a hearing on a bill that would allow self-driving cars on the streets of the nation's capital.

Three states - Nevada, Florida and California - have already authorized driverless cars on their streets.

Google is developing a fleet of the so-called "autonomous vehicles," and the company has been lobbying states to legalize them.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin has said he expects self-driving cars to be commercially available within a decade.

Several auto manufacturers are also developing them.

The District of Columbia bill was introduced by Councilmember Mary Cheh, a Ward 3 Democrat who took a ride in one of Google's vehicles earlier this year.

Representatives from Volvo and Daimler are among those scheduled to testify at Tuesday's hearing.

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