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Safety driver Jeff Runions with one of Starsky Robotics' autonomous testing trucks. Alexi Horowitz-Ghazi/NPR hide caption

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A Career Trucker Helps To Steer The Path For Self-Driving Trucks

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An Uber driverless Ford Fusion drives in Pittsburgh in 2016. On Friday, Uber and Google's Waymo self-driving unit announced a settlement in their trade secrets case. Jeff Swensen/Getty Images hide caption

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Waymo alleges that in early 2016, Anthony Levandowski downloaded 14,000 files related to autonomous vehicle design before leaving to found his own self-driving truck startup with several Google engineers. AFP/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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An image released by Hyundai shows a hands-off driver checking his phone and drinking coffee. The company is partnering with Aurora, a U.S. startup, to boost its autonomous vehicle program. S.J.HONG/Hyundai hide caption

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Anthony Rowe, an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, wants bikes to feed information to nearby cars to avoid collisions. His bike is fitted with an array of precise instruments and a battery hidden in the water bottle. Margaret J. Krauss/WESA hide caption

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Bikes May Have To Talk To Self-Driving Cars For Safety's Sake

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Each autonomous vehicle has two Uber exployees in the front seat; one is ready to grab the wheel and apply a foot to the brake pedal, the other in the passenger seat, has a computer screen showing what the car's rooftop laser-bouncing radar is seeing. Art Silverman/NPR hide caption

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Pittsburgh Offers Driving Lessons For Uber's Autonomous Cars

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Google self-driving cars are shown outside the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., in May 2014. Eric Risberg/AP hide caption

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Self-Driving Cars Raise Questions About Who Carries Insurance

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Pilot models of self-driving cars for Uber are displayed in Pittsburgh. Autonomous vehicles are expected to cut traffic jams, but not before enough human drivers are off the road. AFP/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Self-Driving Cars Could Ease Our Commutes, But That'll Take A While

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