Friday, February 17, 2012

Driverless Cars Becoming More of Reality

On Wednesday, the state of Nevada became the first state to approve driverless vehicles to operate on public streets.  The state will allow companies to operate self driving vehicles, but the vehicle must have a minimum of 2 occupants, 1 of which can assume control of the vehicle if needed. 

The press release by Nevada's DMV office quotes Director Bruce Breslow saying, "Nevada is proud to be the first state to embrace this emergent technology and the department looks forward to sustaining partnerships as the technology evolves."

The state worked closely with Google, and the governor test drove one of the online giant's self driving cars last July.  The technology is not for public use yet, and self driving cars in Nevada have red license plates which are different from blue-green plates used by the motoring public.  Once the technology is approved for the public, self driving cars will have green license plates.

Could this mean we will see cars like those in Demolition Man?  Maybe people will one day forget what it means to drive a car.  What do you think?  Are you willing to let a car drive for you, or do you still want to be in control?  Hello Skynet.

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