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Nevada allows Google self-driving cars

2012-05-08 07:27

Carson City - Nevada drivers could soon be sharing the road with vehicles that don't need them.

Department of Motor Vehicles officials say they've issued Google the nation's first license to test self-driving cars on public streets.

Nevada officials said that demonstrations on the Las Vegas Strip and in Carson City helped show that the tech company was ready to move the autonomous autos into the next stage of development.

Self-driving vehicle technology works like auto-pilot to guide a car - in this case a modified Prius - with little or no intervention from a human operator.

Nevada's regulations require two people in the test cars at all times.

A DMV official said the cars will display red plates and an infinity symbol to represent their status as vehicles of the future.

Comments
  • Manie - 2012-05-08 07:58

    Fantastic. I watched the development of this tech closely the past year. This would finally reduce wasteful driving and eventually eliminate congestion through planning by a central computer system. Think about it... Send the car to pick up the kids from school. Do your work in the car, saving hours of traffic time. Boost to the economy and less taxing on people. Taxis would be cheaper. collisions would decrease dramatically. Road death would shrink to almost zero. Now if only they would implement solar powered hybrid vehicles, our dependency on petrol would be gone. Www.zeitgeistmovement.com

      Alan - 2012-05-08 08:20

      But I enjoy driving......

      Alan - 2012-05-08 08:20

      But I enjoy driving......

  • Anton - 2012-05-08 08:15

    put me on the list for the first one when they get released. This sounds amazing

  • Skia - 2012-05-08 09:19

    it's a pity they're using a prius. the only thing that they've done well with the prius is the propaganda campaign

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