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The cockpit of a grounded Lion Air Boeing Co. 737 Max 8 aircraft. The cockpit of a grounded Lion Air Boeing Co. 737 Max 8 aircraft is seen at terminal 1 of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Cenkareng, Indonesia, on Tuesday, March 15, 2019. (Photo: Dimas Ardian/Bloomberg)

The recent crashes of two Boeing Co. 737 Max jets raise questions about whether U.S. transportation regulators are ready for self-driving cars, trucks and other forms of automated transportation, Representative David Price, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee’s transportation panel, said Wednesday.

Investigators suspect a new automated system on Boeing’s latest narrow-body jet that pushes the nose down to prevent a stall played a role in 737 Max crashes in Ethiopia last month and off the coast of Indonesia in October.

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