Nevada Pushes Pedal On Self-Driving Car

Nevada Pushes Pedal On Self-Driving Car

POSTED: Friday, February 17, 2012 - 3:22pm

UPDATED: Friday, February 17, 2012 - 11:22pm

CARSON CITY, NV. - Google’s made it’s way into cell phones, televisions, personal emails, and even social networks. But as of Friday morning, it slipped into the keyhole of automobiles. For now, this revolutionary road race starts off in the state of Nevada.

In what the state called a “unique economic opportunity,” the Legislative Commission will allow self-driving vehicles on the state’s roadways, according to a press release posted on the website of the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.

"Nevada is the first state to embrace what is surely the future of automobiles," Department of Motor Vehicles Director Bruce Breslow said. "These regulations establish requirements companies must meet to test their vehicles on Nevada’s public roadways as well as requirements for residents to legally operate them in the future."

That department, along with Google, formed a group of auto manufacturers, insurance companies, testing professionals, universities, and law enforcement. All entities said they share the common vision of saving lives.

"Our work doesn’t stop here," Breslow said. "The department is currently developing licensing procedures for companies that want to test their self-driving vehicles in Nevada. Nevada is proud to be the first state to embrace this emergent technology and the department looks forward to sustaining partnerships as the technology evolves."

Breslow also said you will be able to distinguish an autonomous test vehicle by the red license plate it will display. When the technology is ready for general public use, a green license plate will be displayed on vehicles registered with autonomous technology.

Several other states currently have bills in front of their legislators that will follow Nevada into the future.

Watch a video of how the driver-less car works here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_eVE6KQ4Jg
  

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