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Google’s Self-Driving Car Is Now Street Legal

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A few weeks ago we showed you video evidence that Google has created a self-driving car. But even in light of that evidence, we were skeptical. The test they showed had the car driving around on roads with no traffic and much of the route seemed pre-programmed. Apparently none of this bothers the state of Nevada, because they’ve gone ahead and made the thing street legal.

On Monday Nevada approved Google’s license application for their “autonomous vehicles”. The license was issued after Google demonstrated its abilities on state freeways, state highways, in Carson City neighborhoods, and even drove it (or rather let it drive itself) down the extremely busy Strip in Las Vegas. Nevada’s Department of Motor Vehicles was convinced.

CNN says self-driving vehicles will now be issued a red license plate featuring the infinity symbol (āˆž) and the letters “AU” (short for Autonomous Vehicle). What they don’t say is who gets the ticket if the thing runs a stop sign. To be fair, shouldn’t it go to Google?

Here’s that video of the self-driving car in action, with a blind man behind the wheel. Watch it again and tell us if you’re as convinced as the State of Nevada is…

Comments

  • Yootha

    This is a disaster just waiting to happen – imagine if a terrorist cell hacked into the global navigation computers? Bye bye road users…

  • http://twitter.com/mattsinopoli garfieldhatesmondays

    I’m getting stressed out just reading about this car.

  • Manderz

    If someone ran out in front of the car…would it detect that???

  • http://www.facebook.com/tedhongIII Ted Hong

    Would DUI’s and Distracted driving be a crime if the car is driving?? My GPS (and those of my friends) all claim I live a quarter mile into a field. How does this vehicle deal with road construction speed limit changes, temporary lane changes, school buses, loss of satellite or signal, dogs/kids/blind people?? Thank you Nevada, Home of Gambling, for giving me another reason not to move to your god awful state. Hope Google’s lawyers are ready for this battle. Just remember: “The car was driving, not me.”

  • Dustin

    Officer: “License and registration”..
    Driver: “The car was driving”
    Officer: “???”…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Villa/7934642 David Villa

    Autonomous vehicles in Nevada? You mean Google actually believes in its own gimmicky promotions turned pipe dream? This was mostly funded by DARPA, not the thrill seeking DOT. The point is to arm the vehicles so they can be sent into the Middle East. It’s not as fun to play bingo in the streets between casinos.