Google driverless cars will soon hit the road in Nevada

Google driverless cars will soon hit the road in Nevada

Summary: Nevada has just passed legislation removing many of the legal barriers to the use of Google's self-driving car technology.

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Nevada has just passed legislation removing many of the legal barriers to the use of Google's self-driving car technology. So if you see a Toyota Prius or Audi TT without anyone at the wheel the next time you're in the state, don't worry - Google's got their back.

Let's back up. All that Assembly Bill No 511 says is that Nevada lawmakers have to draft legislation which provides rules for Google's fleet of autonomous cars, according to the Daily Mail report. That means it could still be a little while before the general public will get to take a ride.

The bill carries two amendments: the first, which already passed, provides for the licensing and testing of driverless cars. The second, which is still in debate, would grant an exemption for texting behind the wheel of the car you're not actually driving.

Google has been pushing for this legislation for some time: after a series of successful road tests that resulted in almost 140,000 miles driven with only limited human intervention, the search giant started lobbying Nevada to take a serious look at their technology and start the path to legalization.

The benefits of driverless cars include less traffic accidents and greater fuel efficiency, to hear Google tell it. And they never let a car go off without a human operator who can take over in the case of a mistake. But would you ride in a car without a driver?

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  • RE: Google driverless cars will soon hit the road in Nevada

    Officer, I am not lying, I swear to God I wasn't driving drunk... the car was driving, it tell you the truth...
    tatiGmail
    • RE: Google driverless cars will soon hit the road in Nevada

      @tatiGmail
      Anyone who can notrol car by driving the whill should be accountable to driving under "alcohol influence".
      przemoli
      • RE: Google driverless cars will soon hit the road in Nevada

        @przemoli driverles cars, yes, driverless airplanes; I don't think so! its just a matter of gps sattellites, and /or sensors in the roadway. the law will have a rider attached to it allowing texting while driving a car that your not driving because it's driving it's self while your not driving. how about laptop, cellphone game playing while driving a car your not driving; or shopping @amazon or ebay or surfing xxx sites. check your spelling?, need glasses?. get them while driving & pickup @ lens 2000 or? your next stop. how about the drive-up window @Mcdonalds & Jack in the box. install a microwave oven & fix your own lunch while driving a car your not driving. i hope it recoginizes warning signs, barrier gates, and Nevada Amtrak trains. be sure to pay your Life & Auto insurance in advance. Enough!. Bye.
        flybyknight4.0
    • RE: Google driverless cars will soon hit the road in Nevada

      @tatiGmail Great! I love it. how about mixing your own strawberry daquri in the battery operated blender while he's writing the ticket. Bond, James Bond!; stirred?, not shaken?. where's "M or Q ", I forgot; both Dead. probly on a Nevada Amtrak Train.
      flybyknight4.0
    • RE: Google driverless cars will soon hit the road in Nevada

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  • If your texting behind the wheel of a driverless car

    and it does something unexpected, how would the human be able to resond in time?

    I see deaths going up, not down, but time will prove me right or wrong.
    Will Pharaoh
    • RE: Google driverless cars will soon hit the road in Nevada

      @Will Pharaoh
      Computers can respond infinitely faster than humans, period.

      The driverless cars already tested didn't require humans to do anything. They just sat there. They were only mandated to be there for emergency purposes.
      Droid101
      • I believe he may mean that if the systems fails

        @Droid101
        and someone is texting behind the wheel at that moment, they would not be able to retain control quickly enough.

        :|
        Tim Cook
      • RE: Google driverless cars will soon hit the road in Nevada

        @Droid101
        "I believe he may mean that if the systems fails and someone is texting behind the wheel at that moment, they would not be able to retain control quickly enough."

        People are already texting and driving. At least with a self driving car you have a backup solution.
        Theli
      • RE: Google driverless cars will soon hit the road in Nevada

        @Droid101

        That's what he was referring to I believe. I think he was saying that if there is an emergency then the chances that the driver will be paying enough attention to take over if the car has a malfunction will be low. They'll be talking or drinking or texting or rocking out, they won't be waiting patiently and attentively in case the car malfunctions, hence if there is a malfunction there will likely be a crash. But overall, yes, if there are no malfunctions then there will be few to no crashes.
        josh92
      • RE: Google driverless cars will soon hit the road in Nevada

        I don't see how it's any different than a human driver with a passenger who is texting while sticking their feet out the window and listening to music. There have been a lot of deaths lately due to drivers having heart attacks while driving.
        gergyllaer
      • RE: Google driverless cars will soon hit the road in Nevada

        @Droid101 Computers can not respond infinitely faster to a situation that they are not programmed for, though. There is a limit to the amount of situations that can be predicted and programmed and when that is reached there will be accidents. Plus it's everything science fiction has predicted, computers taking over functions we would have normally thought only a human could complete. As scary as that part is I do believe that these driver less cars will be successful and will prevent more accidents than they cause, because all manner of variables involving the operation of motor vehicles will create accidents... having a computer element will create new possibilities for accidents while eliminating more and many others.
        Topcount345@...
    • RE: Google driverless cars will soon hit the road in Nevada

      @Will Pharaoh if in a wreck just get out and run; they'll never find you. hack the software and make it think it's a horse. teach the car-horse to talk like Mr. Ed. horses nearly always try to return home or find the nearest water hole .sometimes they just stand there & swat flies with their tail , scratch the ground & count to ten & whinney & nodding yes. you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink! a Martini?
      flybyknight4.0
  • Sounds great, but ...

    Sounds great, but who gets sued when there is an accident with significant injuries or property damage? What happens when the car loses control because of an ice patch or other such unpredictable situation? Who gets sued, Google? Our legal system [b][i]generally[/i][/b] requires "fault" for liability, which is basically defined as failing to meet the "standard of care" in a given situation. However, in some cases "strict liability" can apply, i.e., "It happened and someone got hurt, even though no one was at fault. Given the choice of leaving the victim to bear the loss or someone else (usually a product manufacturer or seller) who provided the item that caused the injury, we'll put the burden on that other person/company. They can slightly increase the price of their product to each purchaser and protect themselves that way with minimal burden to the general public."
    Rick_R
    • I would think the owner of the car would be responsible

      @Rick_R
      But I guess we'll have to see what the Nevada Legislature actually passed.
      John L. Ries
      • RE: Google driverless cars will soon hit the road in Nevada

        @John L. Ries
        Oh, we will find whom to sue all right.
        paul2011
    • RE: Google driverless cars will soon hit the road in Nevada

      @Rick_R
      Car owner??
      przemoli
    • RE: Google driverless cars will soon hit the road in Nevada

      @Rick_R

      How is liability currently handled should a human driver have a heart attack or brain aneurysm while driving?

      Maybe some of the same legislation can apply.
      gergyllaer
      • RE: Google driverless cars will soon hit the road in Nevada

        @gergyllaer take your blood thinner pills and/or your nitro tablets before leaving. wait an hour, leave, & take a nap untill you get there.
        flybyknight4.0
    • RE: Google driverless cars will soon hit the road in Nevada

      @Rick_R you just sue everybody. like the green berets say, (Blank ) them all & let God sort'em out.
      flybyknight4.0