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Google Succeeds in Making Driverless Cars Legal in Nevada

Posted By Laura K. Cowan On June 24, 2011 @ 7:44 pm In automotive,Green Transportation,Innovation | 4 Comments

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We recently told you that Google was lobbying Nevada legislators [1] to make driverless cars legal on state roads, and now it’s official – Assembly Bill No 511 just passed! The legislature makes it legal for Google’s [2] automated Prius [3] and Audi TT [4] fleet to cruise Nevada roads. But this isn’t just about the next industry Google is aiming to take over – read on for a closer look.

Several companies have been working hard to create technologies that bridge the gap [5] between today’s driver assistance tech and what they see as tomorrow’s driverless cars. The idea behind this is that driverless cars could avoid more crashes caused by distracted driving.

But just how far can this go – would you trust your car to drive you to work? And who will write the software to make this possible? We know one thing for sure: we’d rather have a Google, Apple or Linux car than risk the Microsoft blue screen of death while traveling 80 miles an hour to work. Check out the video above to see what Mashable [6] thought of the driverless fleet.

+ Google [2]

Via Daily Mail [7]

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[1] Google was lobbying Nevada legislators: http://inhabitat.com/google-lobbies-to-allow-self-driving-cars-on-nevada-roads/

[2] Google’s: http://www.google.com/about/corporate/company/

[3] Prius: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=prius

[4] Audi TT: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=audi+tt

[5] bridge the gap: http://inhabitat.com/volkswagen-introduces-temporary-autopilot-for-accident-free-driving/

[6] Mashable: http://mashable.com/

[7] Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2007725/Google-gets-green-light-changes-law-make-driver-cars-legal.html

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