Transportation advocates tout positive impact of legalizing self-driving cars

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BOSTON (WWLP) – It may be hard to imagine a world without having to drive a car, but some lawmakers believe it’s closer to reality than you may think.

According to the coalition Transportation for Massachusetts, self-driving cars could encourage people to share rides and help reduce the number of vehicles on the road.

Self-driving cars could ease traffic, but increase sprawl

They discussed their new report at the State House Thursday on how self-driving cars could impact Massachusetts. According to the report, potential benefits include reducing air pollution and saving you money on owning a car.

“If you have self-driving cars, folks who currently can’t drive-whether it’s because they’re hearing impaired or they’re sight impaired or they have other mobility challenges-will be able to get around,” State Senator Eric Lesser said. “You won’t have to park anymore, so parking would be less of an issue.”

Self-driving car to be tested in Boston

Pittsfield State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier filed a bill to allow self driving cars on public roadways. It’s currently under committee review.

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