Google applauds as Nevada approves rules for driverless cars

Google applauds as Nevada approves rules for driverless cars

Summary: The State of Nevada has put a framework in place for testing and licensing self-driving cars, meaning Google is that much closer to being a highway star.

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It's one small step for self-driving cars, one major leap for Google's self-driving car initiative, as Nevada approved regulations for driverless vehicles that have been vetted by car manufacturers, insurance companies, law enforcement officials and other entities with a stake, reports Physorg.

Way back in June 2011, Googling Google reported that Nevada opened the door for these regulations to be passed by way of a bill that essentially didn't make it illegal for autonomous cars to be on the road. But it's taken those eight months or so for Nevada to come up with rules for the vehicles that balanced safety, insurance and licensing concerns.

The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles is developing licensing procedures for autonomous vehicles. Test cars will have red license plates, it seems, and once the technology is ready for the public at large, driverless cars will have green license plates.

Physorg doesn't say so in as many words, but it seems that the Nevada DMV understandably wants to give other drivers on the road as much notice as they can about the fact that these cars, well, have no driver.

It seems that regardless of the embarrassingly public five-car collision instigated by a Google driverless Prius (Google swears up and down that it was a human behind the wheel), the search giant's road safety record is impressive enough that this initiative is going forward.

"Self-driving cars have the potential to significantly increase driving safety," a Google spokesperson told ZDNet in an e-mail. "We applaud Nevada for building a thoughtful framework to enable safe, ongoing testing of the technology and to anticipate the needs and best interests of Nevada citizens who may own vehicles with self-driving capabilities one day."

It's getting ever-closer to the day when we can (maybe) ride to the airport from the Las Vegas strip in a driverless car. Who's excited?

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  • RE: Google applauds as Nevada approves rules for driverless cars

    This is exciting! However, with Google involved I'm skeptical and hesitant. Will you have to sign up for Google+ to own one of these cars? Will there be ads on the heads up display that will "enhance our driving experience?" Will they track our driving habits, sell the information, and not tell us about it? Google cannot be trusted.
    lippidp
    • Google's driver-less car has crashed multiple times

      @lippidp and every single time they "blame it" on the driver (so much for driver less). All accidents were minor .... but they still happened and Google tried everything to hide them.
      wackoae
    • RE: Google applauds as Nevada approves rules for driverless cars

      @lippidp If that's what you think of Google products don't use them.
      chpdt
  • RE: Google applauds as Nevada approves rules for driverless cars

    Its really simply you proclaim Google is bad, DO NOT USE. (To Loud?)
    Turning sound down....
    Add some more tinfoil to your hat and lead to the walls where ever you wrote from.

    Use what works for you, not hard. Bye!
    daikon
  • RE: Google applauds as Nevada approves rules for driverless cars

    [i]Test cars will have red license plates ... it seems that the Nevada DMV understandably wants to give other drivers on the road as much notice as they can about the fact that these cars, well, have no driver.[/i]

    Not to mention pedestrians, bicyclists and horses (it's Nevada). I wonder, will the red license plates glow in the dark?
    Rabid Howler Monkey
  • RE: Google applauds as Nevada approves rules for driverless cars

    Jeremy Lin or Manny Pacquiao should have one of those... :D
    TheFilipinoFlash
  • Rural India, driverless forgenerations, fraction of price & user friendly

    Here is my personal experience with how it works in remote villages all across India: http://jpgmag.com/photos/3273356
    etand
  • As James May said on (the real) Top Gear:

    We've had driverless cars for years. They're called taxis.
    msalzberg
  • RE: Google applauds as Nevada approves rules for driverless cars

    So it will be possible to get drunker-than-a-skunk, legally travel home in your own driverless car, and beat your spouse?
    bob456@...
  • RE: Google applauds as Nevada approves rules for driverless cars

    "Open the doors HAL" !
    Agnostic_OS