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Joan Lowy

Self-driving cars not ready yet for deployment

WASHINGTON—Self-driving cars are “absolutely not” ready for widespread deployment despite a rush to put them to put them on the road, a robotics expert warned Tuesday.

The cars aren’t yet able to handle bad weather, including standing water, drizzling rain, sudden downpours, and snow, Missy Cummings, director of Duke University’s robotics program, told the Senate commerce committee.