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Google’s Driverless Cars In Nevada No Longer Require Passengers

Google just received its first license to run autonomous vehicles in Nevada. Unlike last years legislation to allow testing, this time it means that its Driverless cars will no longer require a human sitting behind the wheel. Though still in testing, Google has come far enough that an impressed Gov. Brian Sandoval describes the technology as “amazing.”

Nevada Governor Impressed with Google's Driverless Cars

Photo AP | Sandra Chereb

It’s only a matter of time until big name car manufacturers make sign contracts with Google to build large quantities of autonomous driving vehicles. The current system works similar to cruise control; if you step on the break or move the steering wheel the auto-pilot will disable.

Cars equipped with Google’s autonomous vehicle technology will drive themselves will be labeled with a infinity symbol on their license plate. The reason being “I felt using the infinity symbol was the best way to represent the ‘car of the future,’ ” state DMV Director Bruce Breslow said.

Google is also the first to apply and be approved for autonomous car testing, however the Nevada DMV has stated that “other auto manufacturers have indicated their desire to test and develop” similar technology. After all, Google wasn’t the only one to figure out how to make cars drive themselves.

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5 Responses to Google’s Driverless Cars In Nevada No Longer Require Passengers

  1. Steve Krause May 10, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

    Makes me think of the Minority report. You would just jump in and every car was like a personal subway on the “smart grid”. Honestly I think that’s the only way this is going to work. All it will take is 1 or 2 hackers to ruin everyone’s day with this type of system.

    • Ken Haley May 16, 2012 at 7:48 am #

      We haven’t had “hacker” problems with other computer-assisted automobile technologies (such as cruise-control, ABS, air-bags, etc.). Why would self-driving be more susceptible?

  2. Kara May 11, 2012 at 8:47 am #

    I agree with your hacker comment but how cool would that be to sleep on my 45 min drive to work every day.

  3. Gloria May 11, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    I agree with Steve. It’s a great concept, until the technology ends up in the wrong hands. No sleeping, but switching it to auto pilot to eat a snack would be nice.

  4. Steve (PC Resolver) May 11, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

    I understand the licence actually requires two drivers to be in the vehicle. The licence has been granted to allow them to go on the roads without asking for a special licence first.
    They have 10 cars and they have been given licence plates with a red border.

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