Google wants Nevada to be the first state with self-driving cars

Google wants Nevada to be the first state with self-driving cars

Summary: The company is currently trying to make Nevada the first state to allow self-driving cars on its roads. Vegas, here we come.

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Self-driving cars may soon be making their way to the Vegas Strip, courtesy of Google.

The company is currently trying to make Nevada the first state to allow self-driving cars on its roads. The move could result in a variety of interesting applications, including cars that park themselves and automated taxis that can move inebriated Vegas revelers from casino to casino.

Google says that its efforts will also alter the way people use their cars, allowing for both increased fuel savings as well as improved driving practices.

Google announced its plans last October, revealing at the time that its automated vehicles had already logged 140,000 miles on California roads. Accompanied by a pair of Google employees, some vehicles had driven a thousand miles without human intervention.

[Via NYT]

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  • RE: Google wants Nevada to be the first state with self-driving cars

    and people want us to believe that Google is irrelevant.
    slickjim
    • Lot of companies have made self driving cars

      @Peter Perry
      the problem is that one of these will kill someone, and all in the name of advertising for Goole.

      How much do you want to bet that Google's name will be platered all over these things?
      John Zern
      • People get killed by cars all of the time. If Google can cut the deaths in

        half, think how many lives would be saved every year.
        DonnieBoy
      • You miss the whole point

        @DonnieBoy<br>What's my consolation that a pilotless car killed my family that would have otherwise lived if the other car at the intersection had a driver who would have stopped?<br><br>These won't cut deaths in half, they'll just shift it to those that would have otherwised be alive.
        John Zern
      • RE: Google wants Nevada to be the first state with self-driving cars

        @John Zern
        I'm betting a self-driven Google car is safer than most real drivers.
        Droid101
      • RE: Google wants Nevada to be the first state with self-driving cars

        @John Zern<br><br>I'm willing to bet there are more safeguards in a driverless car than there are in a human-driven car. There would have to be. I have a lot of confidence that driverless vehicles would save a LOT of lives. Think of how many people get killed in drunk driving accidents alone?! If Google saves the life of one 5 year old boy who would have otherwise perished at the hands of a drunk driver... they've done their job and then some.
        Crooker
      • So lets say...

        @John Zern ... That the accident your talking about happened. With what this article says the cars will be helping to move "drunk" people from place to place. Would you rather them be on the road? The car without someone driving may not stop but at the same time that "drunk" person may not stop either.
        haro912
      • RE: Google wants Nevada to be the first state with self-driving cars

        @John Zern <br>Yes, they probably will kill someone.<br><br>The problem is that no matter how many lives they save, it will be impossible to point to a single individual and say "That person would be dead today if it weren't for driverless cars". But it's easy to identify the victims.<br><br>So there will always be muppets who say things like "driverless cars have killed 10 people this year, so we must ban them". Ignoring the 100 people who would have died if all the driverless journeys had been done by "real" drivers.
        JoCaBa
      • RE: Google wants Nevada to be the first state with self-driving cars

        @John Zern Once every 60 seconds in this country someone dosnt stop because they are drunk, talking on a phone, texting, sleeping, reading, etc...
        baneddc
      • RE: Google wants Nevada to be the first state with self-driving cars

        @John Zern

        Accident evasion is probably the weakest spot. Because sometimes staying on the road and within laws does not provide an escape. Some maneuvers are only right when the other approaching human-controlled cars react as expected. And I do not however trust an AI to know when using the sidewalk, median, yards etc provides the safer escape.

        So for this to have any chance to succeed even human driven vehicles will need Google powered transponders so Google vehicles can see the maniac coming around the radar blind corner.

        ROFLMAO so really this whole stunt is about getting a state government to require a Google device in your automobile.
        wellduh
      • RE: Google wants Nevada to be the first state with self-driving cars

        @DonnieBoy [i]Accompanied by a pair of Google employees, some vehicles had driven a thousand miles without human intervention.[/i]
        Personally I don't think that's good enough. I don't care if it's Google, Apple, MS or Exxon/Mobil working on this, if human intervention was needed then it appears these are not ready for the streets my family is on.
        non-biased
  • RE: Google wants Nevada to be the first state with self-driving cars

    One of the few projects that I actually want Google to succeed at. I'd love self driving cars, it would give me more time for myself during the morning and afternoon commute. I wonder if they choose Nevada because its mostly desert in case something goes wrong.
    LoverockDavidson
    • RE: Google wants Nevada to be the first state with self-driving cars

      @LoverockDavidson I'm guessing they chose Nevada because of the large number of drunk drivers in Vegas. Giving the drunks another alternative to driving could save lives. Plus, the cars would know where they are going and not pull any last microsecond 4 lane changes across moving traffic as we often see here from out of state drivers.

      As a Vegas resident, I'd also toss in the large elderly population living here as another good reason to have driver-less cars here. When I got my driver's license renewed last, I seriously saw an elderly man getting a license who was having trouble signing his name at the photo station (which means he already passed through the renewal process). My thinking is if you don't have the coordination to sign your own name, you shouldn't be operating a vehicle, but Nevada must think differently. It's no wonder we hear of a confused elderly person jumping a curb and killing a few people periodically. Put those people in a self-driving vehicle. Please!
      BillDem
      • RE: Google wants Nevada to be the first state with self-driving cars

        @BillDem
        That sounds a lot more reasonable, thanks. Never been to Vegas but its on my list of places to visit.
        LoverockDavidson
      • A post!

        @BillDem:
        I added my own post (below) but forgot the issue with less capable retirees. Thanks! I did add another important thing to your list --
        A lot of our visiting "party-animal" conventioneers are staying up really late, and they often drive DROWSY, with insufficient ZZZs.
        Rick S._z
    • RE: Google wants Nevada to be the first state with self-driving cars

      @LoverockDavidson,

      You already have that in place, LD. It's call 'public transportation'!
      In any case, individual driverless cars make no sense if they can not improve our quality of life. They will still require fuel in whatever form. Common sense dictates that if we want safer driving experiences, the driverless car will not hekp unless the number of vehicles on the road can be reduced. Unless that happens, if anything, accident rates would increase although the number of humans injured may dip slightly.
      nkfro
      • RE: Google wants Nevada to be the first state with self-driving cars

        @nkfro
        I would take public transportation if I could but its not available in the area I live and need to go to.
        LoverockDavidson
      • RE: Google wants Nevada to be the first state with self-driving cars

        @nkfro As Loverock said public transportation is not available where he lives but even for many who live where it is, it doesn't make sense. We have limited public transportation where I live but I choose to drive myself the 15 minutes each way versus taking 2 hours and who knows how many bus transfers to travel the same distance.
        non-biased
    • RE: Google wants Nevada to be the first state with self-driving cars

      @LoverockDavidson Yep, there's a lot of desert, once you get away from the 2,000,000 or so people who live in the LV metro area. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las_Vegas_metropolitan_area)
      Lazarus439
  • RE: Google wants Nevada to be the first state with self-driving cars

    Yet another sign of the demise of America as a society. So now driving is too difficult (as is watching TV, sending e-mail, talking on the phone etc.) that we need it automated for us?<br><br>This is your click ad money at work for those of you dumb enough to click on ads...
    omdguy