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After having put the nation on auto-pilot, Obama wants to spend $4 billion on driverless cars

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By Doug Powers  •  January 15, 2016 01:47 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

Call me skeptical, but someday the Obama administration’s latest spending push will probably be known colloquially as Uber Solyndra:

The Obama administration wants to kick the push for driverless cars into high gear — proposing to spend nearly $4 billion on development over the next decade, Transportation Sec. Anthony Foxx announced today.

“We are bullish on automated vehicles,” said Foxx, flanked by auto executives at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Automakers and safety regulators alike hope self-driving cars could eventually eliminate the 94 percent of fatal crashes that involve some type of human error. They also believe autonomous technology could help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and loosen gridlock.

Over the next six months, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will come up with a prototype policy and develop best-practices for automakers, Foxx promised today. They’ll also propose new regulatory interpretations, and are encouraging automakers to request regulatory exemptions as soon as they “believe automation advances can be deployed safely.”

The DOT “wants to work with your progress, not hold it back,” Foxx said.

Though driverless technology has grown increasingly popular, autonomous vehicles aren’t perfect yet.

No potential for a crony capitalist feeding frenzy over this one, is there? Nope, not at all.

And I always like it when I hear a public official saying he’s “bullish” with somebody else’s money. That word’s just a letter “t” and some minor unscrambling short of complete accuracy.

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The Democrats’ earliest test of a driverless car prototype, above, ended in disaster

(h/t Twitchy)

**Written by Doug Powers

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