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Detroit - The US administration pledged on Thursday to help clear the way for autonomous vehicles with an investment of $4bn to fund research and testing projects.

US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx made the announcement in Detroit, flanked by executives from Google and auto manufacturers General Motors, Ford Motor, Volvo, Fiat Chrysler and Honda.

"Much needs to be done to create the transportation system of the 21st century," Foxx said at the North American International Auto Show.

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