This May 13, 2015, file photo, shows Google's new self-driving car during a demonstration at the Google campus in Mountain View, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)
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DETROIT: The U.S. federal government's highway safety agency agrees with Google: Computers that will control cars of the future can be considered their driver.The redefinition of "driver" is an important break for Google, which is testing pod-like autonomous cars. Google wants the government to interpret regulations so self-driving cars can be delivered to the public without a steering wheel or pedals.While the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration agreed with Google's "driver" reinterpretation in a recent letter, it didn't allow other concessions and said numerous federal rules would have to be changed to permit the cars.Google said the requirement wasn't necessary because the electronic driver can stop the cars.Google, a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc., has suggested the cars could be ready for the public in a few years.
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