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Google’s “Driverless” Self-Driving Cars Go Legal In Nevada

By Debjit on June 26th, 2011 

"Drive to your destination while you are sound asleep". This might have been a dream for many. But not anymore, at least in Nevada, US. Well, the Self-driving cars which have been made by Google will soon be seen for real on the roads of Nevada and all this is happening legally.

The State legislators of Nevada has passed a bill which will now require the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles amend the existing motor vehicles rules in order to allow these driver-less cars to ply on regular roads.

According to Assembly Bill No 511, Google's automated Self-Driving Toyota Prius and Audi TT cars can now be operated legally in the Silver State (Nevada).


Google's Self-Driving cars now legal in Nevada

Google's Self-Driving cars now legal in Nevada

Following are the two amendments which are supposed to be made to the existing motor vehicles law in the state of Nevada:


  • The first amendment is about an electric-vehicle bill that will allow these self-driven vehicles to be licensed and tested on normal roads and this one has already been passed.
  • The second amendment involves the modification of the law that deals with sending text-messages while driving. Now, since these cars are self-driven, the amended law will allow the person, sitting behind the steering wheel, to send text messages. This amendment is yet to be put into effect.

These cars use video cameras, radar sensors and laser range finders (mounted atop) to see dynamic traffic scenario and detailed road maps. However, the cars require that a person must always be in the driver's seat, so that he / she can step-in if there is a problem. These things will be chiseled out and become more fine as time goes by. Google claims these cars have the potential to reduce the accidental road deaths that happen each year, by almost 50%.

What's your take on this? Do you think these Automatic cars are still safe enough to be let loose on roads? Let us know about your opinion in the comments section

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Google’s “Driverless” Self-Driving Cars Go Legal In Nevada was originally published on on June 26, 2011 - 10:41 pm (Indian Standard Time)