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Can Tesla's New 'Summon' Feature Be Used Without New Laws?

Tesla has been on the leading edge of autonomous driver vehicles for some time now, though that has gone hand-in-hand with a few interesting lawsuits. Many car brands have some models with self-parking features, however Tesla is looking to launch an upgrade to its software for a new "summon" feature that would allow its cars to drive themselves with no one in the car.

You didn't think you were speeding. You definitely had your blinker on. And there's no way you rolled through that stop sign without stopping. But here you are, pulled over on the side of the road, with an officer writing you a traffic ticket.

She's probably explaining your legal options to either pay the ticket online or by mail, appear in court, or challenge the ticket. But how long do you have to challenge a traffic ticket before it's too late?

What Happens If You Get a Ticket With a Graduated Driver's License?

Every states has adopted a Graduated Driver's License (GDL) system, which restricts all new drivers with different requirements and different punishments for violating these restrictions. The punishments are determined by state law, and they may surprise you.

Summer is now officially upon us. Along with the long days, warm nights, and summer vacations, millions of people will be driving to the beach for some fun in the sun.

However, when it comes to driving in beachwear (like flip flops or extra dark sunglasses), for the most part, there's nothing to worry about it, at least legally. However, some choices are better than others.

Here are five frequently asked legal questions about driving in beachwear, and information to help keep you safe.

Teaching your kids to drive is one of those time honored traditions that has worked its way into American culture. After all, how are your kids going to move out when they turn 18?

However, letting your kid just hop behind the wheel and get on the road may not just be a bad idea, it could also be illegal. Even if you are in an empty parking lot when you decide to give that first lesson, you could still be violating your state's laws. Not to mention that if your child is too young, you could be facing more serious criminal charges.

Below you'll find 5 legal tips that will help you when the time comes to teach your kids to drive.

Weird Driving Laws in the US

Drivers across the country generally know the rules of the road. However, the rules of the road change over time, regardless of what law makers say, and sometimes, laws that made sense decades ago often stay on the books unenforced, and unchanged. Some of these laws are just ridiculous, while others are just outdated, and a few are just patently shocking.

Fortunately, thanks to the awesome power of the internet, we can all enjoy reading about these weird driving laws.

When summer arrives, that means it's time to get a tan on those toes, no matter what the hoity-toity fashion folks from New York City say. It's hot out there and no one likes the smell of sweaty feet. Plus, more and more of us are working from home, so throwing on a pair of slips, slaps, or slippers (as they're known in some parts of the world) can be a sensible sartorial choice.

But what about in the car? While driving barefoot isn't illegal, it does come with safety risks. Is the same true for driving in flip flops?

Cross Country Survey: 5 Strange Traffic Laws

We all know that there are some basic rules of the road that we should follow. Whether you're in Alaska or Alabama, a red light means stop and green means go. But there are some pretty strange rules that are on the books in some states that you just can't anticipate.

Let's take a look at some of the strangest traffic laws around the country, collected by Kupper Automotive News.

Self-Driving Car Computers Are 'Drivers'

Lately the news from the Department of Transportation reads like science fiction, and last week was no exception. The DOT declared that it would count computers as drivers in cars driven by software systems, adding another delicious detail to the unfolding story of an auto-piloted USA.

The announcement came just shortly after the DOT announced that, within six months, it will have model regulation for autonomous cars that it hopes states will adopt. The department is also addressing the questions of carmakers, according to Wired.

CA DMV Chief Sees Self-Driving Cars on Streets in 3-5 Years

Someday soon -- possibly within the next 3 to 5 years, according to predictions of the California Department of Motor Vehicles' chief counsel, Brian Soublet -- autonomous cars will be a regular feature on the streets. Once the dream of geeks and sci-fi fans, this will be everyone's reality and lawmakers are preparing for our brave new world.

Last month, the Department of Transportation announced that it is working on model legislation for autonomous cars within 6 months, and plans to spend $4 billion on auto-pilot projects. The hope is that states will adopt the federal government's as-yet-unformulated model laws and that a uniform approach to self-driving cars will exist nationwide. But right now there is concern that if the government does not get up to speed soon, carmakers will just self-certify the safety of their new rolling computers, taking a "trust me" approach to transportation of the future.