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Some of us recall when electric windows were a big deal. At the touch of a button, the glass magically hummed up and down. No more cranking. But a car that drove itself? Now that was something out of a Walt Disney movie. In this Instant Insights package, we show you how the law is evolving as driverless cars merge into the mainstream. You’ll also find stories about legal battles popping up and what’s happening in California, the hub for much of the industry.

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Nissan autonomous car prototype (using a Nissan Leaf electric car) exhibited at the Geneva Motor Show 2014. (Photo: Norbert Aepli, Switzerland Wikimedia) Nissan autonomous car prototype (using a Nissan Leaf electric car) exhibited at the Geneva Motor Show 2014. (Photo: Norbert Aepli, Switzerland Wikimedia)

America’s race to put “self-driving” cars on the road is expected to accelerate in 2017 as more state and federal regulators come out with rules governing their testing and operation.

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