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Catching up with autonomous driving: Germany lags far behind

Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) wants to promote autonomous driving in Germany. The way has now been cleared for him by the Bundesrat, the upper house of the German parliament, which last week approved a bill that will allow self-driving cars to operate in a regular mode without a physically present driver. A success for Scheuer, no doubt. However, the minister should be realistic about Germany’s position in international competition – election campaign or not. Scheuer claims that Germany is “the first country in the world to bring self-driving vehicles to the road.” But that’s not all. He even says: 

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