Gallery: Google Lobbies to Allow Self-Driving Cars on Nevada Roads

 

Apparently Google’s self-driving cars are more than just a concept – the company has tested a fleet of 6 fully autonomous Toyota Priuses and an Audi TT on California roads, and is now lobbying Nevada legislators to make self-driving cars legal on the state’s public roads.

Las Vegas-based lobbyist David Goldwater addressed the Nevada State Assembly earlier this week, saying that automated cars are safer, more efficient, and aid economic development. What do you think of this move toward automated transportation? The video of a test car in action, taken at a TED conference in Long Beach earlier this year, shows an automated Prius driving skillfully, but maybe not so fuel-efficiently, and definitely with no margin for error.

Via Mashable and Archinect

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  1. XenoSilvano May 13, 2011 at 12:33 am

    This is a big step

  2. lazyreader May 12, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Most of the technology needed to make driverless cars exists. The challenge is proprietary software to run networks of cars and bureaucracy and red tape. Driverless cars may yield advantages of increasing roadway capacity by reducing the distances between cars, reduce congestion by efficiently controlling the flow of traffic, thus reducing the amount of road lanes we actually need. If anything could reduce the world’s vehicles (estimated to be 800,000,000) to a fraction of that number within a few decades. If almost all private cars requiring drivers, which are not in use and parked 90% of the time, would be traded for public self-driving taxis that would be in near constant use. This would also allow for getting the appropriate vehicle for the particular need. Children could be chauffeured in supervised safety, DUIs would no longer exist and highway accidents would be a thing of the past.

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