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Nevada Gives Google License to Test Driverless Cars in Their State

Google isn’t giving up on their vision of seeing cars driving themselves and passengers in the near future. After Nevada passed legislation regarding the requirements for driverless cars, Google has been granted a license to test their new pet project out in the desert. There are a few rules however, to make sure that these Priuses (Prii, Prioria, Priores?) don’t go rogue and cause some major damage.

Nevada has said that if you want to test these cars you need to have an insurance bond of $1 million and that the testing time and area for these cars must be laid out thoroughly. Don’t expect to be driving down the highway and seeing one next to you in rush hour anytime soon. The cars even get their own license plate, featuring a red back with an infinity symbol on it. Nevada DMV Director Bruce Breslow says, “I felt using the infinity symbol was the best way to represent the ‘car of the future.’” Anyone ready to give up their lead foot to let the car drive itself?

Via: Arstechnica

  • http://www.tedpavlic.com/ Ted Pavlic

    This news (with all of the details about the red license plates even) is at least a month (maybe three, four, five?) old. Why play it now, DL?

  • http://www.authorityseo.com authorityseo

    this can’t come fast enough

  • richcricketz

    I have followed countless articles and research on the subject of Google’s self driving cars, and I would give up my vehicles drivers seat tomorrow morning if given the chance. They are not just safe drivers, but safer than humans. now only if I could reprogram it to speed :)

    It can actually predict what other vehicles on the road will do and prepare for their actions before the fact. Such as hugging the far left side of the lane when a large truck is passing on the right, And recognizing and staying out of other drivers blind sports. Ive never been so proud to live in the state of Nevada.

  • summit1986

    Sorry, never going to open my mind to self-driving cars. I enjoy driving far too much.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=75200646 Stephen Cox

    All I ask for is the body of a black 3rd gen Trans Am and William Daniel’s voice for system interaction. :-)

  • NYAvsFan

    I like the idea. With the caveat that there be a manual override if needed. Think i Robot. But yes, Get drunk and drive, fall asleep at the wheel, problems of the past with this solution of the future.

  • EvanTheGamer

    First…a self-driving car, next…a flying car!

    I’m freaking ready to see that! Flying cars FTW!

  • MooleyBooleyTroll

    Makes getting a BJ on a long trip one hell of alot safer :)

  • cheezer88

    video of the car in action: http://youtu.be/cdgQpa1pUUE

  • http://androidforums.com/members/kwest12.html kwest12

    Finally a cab driver that can understand English and doesn’t make me feel uncomfortable. Hooray for Google DDs!

  • Mostwanted1

    All I can think of is SKYNET…

    • http://twitter.com/Tcalight Tcal

      What is that?

  • http://twitter.com/garagelogician Jeff C

    Hmm…no thanks. I enjoy driving too much.

    Besides…those force close errors could really suck. I wonder if Moto will come out with a Blur version?

  • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

    The drive from Vegas to Los Angeles would be amazing if the car could drive itself. This technology can’t come soon enough.

    • LiterofCola

      Especially for those loooong Sunday drives back.

    • http://Twitter.com/ContestsAccount bigrob60

      That’s nothing. Try south Florida to Houston and back. Now that is a trip I would have loved to have a self driving car on.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jeremy.turnley Jeremy Turnley

        Chicago to Seattle. I could find much better things to do across 90% of that trip than be driving.

  • alex

    what happens in vegas…

  • njbuzz

    Car insurance industry nightmare.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jeremy.turnley Jeremy Turnley

      Yeah, they’ll go out of business once people no longer are crashing into each other from driving like morons.

  • steve30x

    after a couple of fatalities this should be perfected in a few years yaay!

    • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

      Except that it’s almost certain to reduce fatalities. Machines don’t fall asleep at the wheel, get distracted by text or passengers, drive under the influence, speed, disobey traffic laws.

      This technology will most certainly save lives.

      • David Parrella

        Exactly, plus it can make the right decision on where to position the car in the case of an imminent crash, whereas humans act out of instinct and filled with adrenaline.

    • http://twitter.com/Tcalight Tcal

      Just like elevators, yaay!

      • steve30x

        exactly :P

  • bvgillis

    I must be reading google-car-life.com

    • JSIN

      actually your not but your posting like it Troll-life

      • will bartlett

        you’re*

  • Jason James

    now i can read DL without crashing!

    • EricRees

      That’s the spirit! Haha.

    • David Parrella

      You should try using Google Chrome.

      BOOM, roasted!

  • ASDF

    how long until I can get one?

  • joncurve

    omg i cant wait to be getting tanked in the back of my suv while getting drove to the bar lol

    • TROLOLOL

      “getting drove”

    • jonscurve

      getting drivin doesnt sound right…lol

      • LiterofCola

        *Driven

  • Guest

    Just when you thought Priuses (Prii?) couldn’t drive any slower…

    • http://www.facebook.com/jeremy.turnley Jeremy Turnley

      Mine can out accelerate most POS 4-bangers and oversized SUVs out there. Electric torque FTW.

      Only time I had issues is when I drive across Montana in it. I was able to maintain 80 when everyone else was stuck downshifting. Ran out of battery on the 4th successive climb, then was stuck going 45 up the rest of the way – not enough downhill to regen them between climbs. Luckily, there were only 4 of them, so it was all clear from there on.

    • blood

      This plus Google’s Assistant (siri competitor) built into the windshield and we’all have our very own “knight rider”.

  • http://twitter.com/Defenestratus Defenestratus

    Going to put this on a car worthy of it. Like my H1.

    Hit the button in the driveway and recline. Wake up 4 hours later parked under a palm tree at the beach.

    • TROLOLOL

      More like wake up 4 hours in a hospital emergency room…

    • http://twitter.com/Tcalight Tcal

      *coughs* gas-guzzler

    • http://www.facebook.com/jeremy.turnley Jeremy Turnley

      More like wake up 8 times to get gas, then get to the beach :P

  • http://twitter.com/mark_collado Mark Aaron Collado

    gotta get me one of these

    • MrReferenceExplainer

      Batman Begins reference

  • El Big CHRIS

    Pretty cool. Now they just need to make them fly.

    • John

      That’s been done. They just haven’t figured out the minor detail of putting “lanes in the sky”