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California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr., front left, rides in a driverless car  to a bill signing at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012.
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California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr., front left, rides in a driverless car  to a bill signing at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012.

The D.C. Council will consider a bill that would allow self-driving cars on the streets of the District, according to the Associated Press. Three states — Nevada, California and Florida — have already authorized driverless cars on their streets. 

Google is developing a fleet of these "autonomous vehicles," and the company expects them to be available commercially within a decade. The D.C. bill was introduced by D.C. Council member Mary Cheh, who took a ride in one of google's vehicles earlier this year. 

Representatives from several companies, including Volvo, are among those schedulded to testify at today's hearing on the driverless cars. 

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