Google Lobbies Nevada to Allow Self-Driving Cars

Google Self Driving CarJohn Markoff writes in the NY Times:

Google, a pioneer of self-driving cars, is quietly lobbying for legislation that would make Nevada the first state where they could be legally operated on public roads.

The cars, hybrids, have a laser range finder on the roof, as well as radar and camera sensors and more equipment in the trunk.

And yes, the proposed legislation would include an exemption from the ban on distracted driving to allow occupants to send text messages while sitting behind the wheel.

The two bills, which have received little attention outside Nevada’s Capitol, are being introduced less than a year after the giant search engine company acknowledged that it was developing cars that could be safely driven without human intervention.

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6 Comments on "Google Lobbies Nevada to Allow Self-Driving Cars"

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  3. Aleph Omega | May 16, 2011 at 3:08 am |

    Would cops be able to pull them over? …What a great way to smuggle drugs.

  4. Aleph Omega | May 15, 2011 at 11:08 pm |

    Would cops be able to pull them over? …What a great way to smuggle drugs.

  5. So the car is not fully automated. It says they had to have a trained safety driver to take control. How can that be considered safe?.

  6. i’m sure this is against the law of some Kind, these cars would have to pass The Driving Test before they can even get on the road, to be Honest who would Trust a computer anything could go Wrong?

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