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Google's Self-Driving Cars Arrive in Nevada

By - Source: Nevada DMV | B 69 comments

After testing on California roadways since 2010, Nevada has finally approved Google's self-driving cars to be used on its roadways, with additional states to follow.

Nevada seems to get all the good stuff: one casino after another, loads of strip clubs, bunny farms and now self-driving cars. On Friday Nevada's Department of Motor Vehicles announced that the Legislative Commission finally approved regulations allowing for the operation of Google's self-driving cars on the state's roadways. These vehicles will be distinguished from traditional human-operated vehicles by sporting a red license plate.

"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."

To create the regulations, the department partnered with Google, automobile manufacturers, testing professionals, insurance companies, universities and law enforcement, all with a common vision of "saving lives." When the technology is ready for general public use, the self-driving cars will don a green license plate instead.

"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."

Several other states currently have bills in front of their legislators that will follow Nevada into the future, Nevada's DMV said. Google has been testing its self-driving vehicles on California roadways since 2010 which have thus far driven more than 160,000 miles without incident. Audi and Volkswagen are just two of many major car manufacturers who have Google's autonomous cars in the works.

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    CaedenV , February 19, 2012 1:09 AM
    memadmaxBut will the cars play crysis?

    no, but you can while the car drives :) 
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    dotaloc , February 19, 2012 2:06 AM
    I'd definitely want manual override. Otherwise, I think it is a pretty great option.

    It'll be a huge deal when an automated car is, inevitably, involved in an accident. Maybe even the party at fault. Even if it is FAR more rare than accidents of non automated drivers, people will demonize it.
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    jordan009 , February 19, 2012 1:42 AM
    daygallim 22 and have never touched drugs, have fun with that, i was given the car by my father, and i will never give up the freedom to go ware i want as i want, would you want a bike that tells you ware you can and cant go, without your input? no i didnt think so, so why is a car different?

    I would take you more seriously if your spelling was correct.
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    computernerdforlife , February 19, 2012 12:29 AM
    "you can have my car, when you tare it from my cold dead fingers...." You smoked a lot of weed during the 60's.
  • 11 Hide
    Lewis57 , February 19, 2012 12:40 AM
    Fuck that for a laugh. It probably comes equipped with multiple sensors and a phone home service to ID profile me and invade my privacy even more.
  • 28 Hide
    CaedenV , February 19, 2012 1:09 AM
    memadmaxBut will the cars play crysis?

    no, but you can while the car drives :) 
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    Anonymous , February 19, 2012 1:20 AM
    memadmaxBut will the cars play crysis?


    It will be a crysis if someone hacks the cars and there is nothing you can do but scream :) 
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    southernshark , February 19, 2012 1:25 AM
    Since I like to drink.... I like the idea of a self driving car. It will bring drinking and driving back into fad, only now it will be legal.

    Honestly, I hate driving so this is all win.
  • 17 Hide
    southernshark , February 19, 2012 1:26 AM
    I mean honestly the only people I can see really being against this are truck drivers and taxi cab drivers who will eventually lose their jobs. The rest of us can ride around and get drunk.
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    zachusaman , February 19, 2012 1:30 AM
    can we get the windowless van as a self driving vehicle next?
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    jordan009 , February 19, 2012 1:42 AM
    daygallim 22 and have never touched drugs, have fun with that, i was given the car by my father, and i will never give up the freedom to go ware i want as i want, would you want a bike that tells you ware you can and cant go, without your input? no i didnt think so, so why is a car different?

    I would take you more seriously if your spelling was correct.
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    drapacioli , February 19, 2012 1:50 AM
    Sorry, but I happen to like driving. This is one technology I don't want to adopt.
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    joytech22 , February 19, 2012 2:02 AM
    With Apple: Pay for products that are worth as much as a car
    With Google: Get a car that can drive itself
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    dotaloc , February 19, 2012 2:06 AM
    I'd definitely want manual override. Otherwise, I think it is a pretty great option.

    It'll be a huge deal when an automated car is, inevitably, involved in an accident. Maybe even the party at fault. Even if it is FAR more rare than accidents of non automated drivers, people will demonize it.
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    alxianthelast , February 19, 2012 2:31 AM
    Yep I was thinking the mirror opposite, not only is this progressive and great like cruise control for fair weather driving assistance, BUT I DO actually want to know if Google is working on self balancing, and driving bikes.

    It will be far more economical to have pods of self driving eBikes on the roads at rush hour versus cars.. AND though it isn't the focus, having your car mozy to its spot at lunch time when the roads are less congested, or the mid afternoon, that would be mighty useful.

    And it would be great for this to become mandatory in 10 years time like hands free rules, and seat belts are now. Just in the interest of public safety having all cars reporting their position and speed would be worth it but not their destination (they track your phones for that already).
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    Chef_Boyardee , February 19, 2012 2:38 AM
    Less human operators, less traffic. I'm in. Buy me a beer too. I'm not driving.
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    keyanf , February 19, 2012 3:01 AM
    So how quick will the other bills die out once they get their first accident (even if the rate remains lower than human control)?
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    darkion , February 19, 2012 3:08 AM
    @whysobluepandabear, I agree with what you said! This will lead to less traffic because you wont have idiots cutting people off or driving too slow on the passing lane, and you wont be stressed out any more about being stuck in rush hour traffic, just take a nap! The manual control override is a must though. I support the new technology, bring it to Canada!
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    Anonymous , February 19, 2012 3:37 AM
    So, you let Google drive you around and tell the whole world where you live, where you work at, where you go out at, where your mistresses are, where your enemies are, and who you are stalking. Thanks but no thanks. I'd rather drive drunk and be arrested for DUI and keep my own privacy.
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