The impact of autonomous vehicles. The hope is that the frequency and severity of accidents will decrease over time as more self-driving vehicles occupy the nation's roads. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The number of self-driving vehicles is expected to increase, following the U.S. Department of Transportation's December 2018 decision to ease federal oversight of autonomous vehicles and Congressional plans to reintroduce legislation that could add as many as 100,000 vehicles with significant autonomous functionality to the road by 2022.

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