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Self-Driving Cars to be Tested in Richmond

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Self-driving cars will soon be cruising along more than 70 miles of Northern Virginia highways as part of an automated vehicle testing initiative.

The project was announced Monday in Pittsburgh at a meeting of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America.

The research will be overseen by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute on portions of Interstates 95, 495 and 66, as well as on U.S. 29 and U.S. 50. Institute Director Myra Blanco says it's still too soon to say which self-driving car manufacturers will be involved.

Test tracks will be used to certify the technology as safe before the cars are allowed on the highway.

The cars must have a driver at the wheel to take over in case of a malfunction.

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