Lawmaker: Driverless car test law could save jobs

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A lawmaker says bills he sponsored allowing the testing of automated motor vehicles on Michigan roads could help keep businesses from leaving the state.

Gov. Rick Snyder signed the bills Friday, saying they follow his call for such legislation in his 2013 state of the state address.

Snyder says Michigan "is the automotive capital of the world" and says that allowing testing of automated, driverless cars will help the state "stay at the forefront" in auto technology.

White Lake Republican Sen. Mike Kowall tells The Detroit News the laws could help retain research business in Michigan.

He says that Continental Corp. had considered moving some autonomous vehicle testing to Nevada. The company has facilities in Auburn Hills and the Sault Ste. Marie area.

California and Florida also allow such tests.