High-tech Boston area in legal bind on driverless-car tests

With its Colonial-era street patterns, icy winters, notoriously aggressive drivers and high-tech talent, the Boston region would seem the perfect place to test self-driving cars and ensure they can handle anything thrown at them. But the area, and indeed the entire Northeast, has no law outlining how the technology should be driven and tested. And lawmakers who want to respond are being spurned by leaders of the fast-growing industry, who would rather have no rules than a patchwork of state laws getting in their way. That’s leaving local startups and some of the country’s most renowned engineering departments in a bind. “I’m hoping that the New England states will make it possible for us to do this work right at home very soon,” said Daniela Rus, a professor who directs…


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