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On Thursday, Michigan will become one of the first states to sign a bill approved by the Legislature opening up the highways and byways of the Great Lake State to not only tractor trailers with autonomous driving technology but also to cars without the need for a human operator. A provision of the law also permits a new technology called “platooning” which allows truck operators to define a lead vehicle and program their truck to follow that lead at a defined distance. These new regulations will open up the floodgates for companies like Uber, Otto, and Tesla, all of which are voraciously pursuing new technology in the autonomous driving sector.