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Automated Car To Test On Tampa Expressway

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) —As newer cars continue to make driving safer and easier for commuters, it seems safe to assume that vehicles will soon be able to drive themselves.

The elevated lanes of a Tampa expressway will be temporarily closed so carmaker Audi can test a new car that doesn’t require someone to steer, brake and accelerate in traffic.

The Tampa Tribune reports a part of the Selmon Expressway was to be closed for several hours Sunday and Monday.

The stretch of highway, also known as reversible express lanes, is one of 10 such roads in the nation on which such tests are allowed.

The tests will involve a car that is able to maneuver in traffic without someone steering or braking. The tests will include a few other cars called pace vehicles that will travel around it to simulate real traffic. The tests won’t exceed 40 mph, and a law enforcement officer will follow for safety reasons.

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