Google’s driverless car passes Nevada test

Google’s driverless car passes Nevada test

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    Google’s driverless car passes Nevada test

    Google’s driverless car passes Nevada test
    Posted by Online on May 9th, 2012 // No Comment

    1Las Vegas (dpa) – Google has cleared a major road block in its quest to introduce self-driving cars to the roads of the world.

    The Nevada Motor Vehicles Department has given one of the company’s prototypes the first-ever license to drive itself, after test runs down the bustling Las Vegas Strip and other streets showed the vehicle to be as safe – or safer – than human drivers.

    The modified Toyota Prius, steered by sophisticated software using sensors, radar and cameras, was issued a special red licence plate with an infinity symbol and the words Autonomous Car to differentiate it from regular vehicles.

    ”When there comes a time that vehicle manufacturers market autonomous vehicles to the public, that infinity symbol will appear on a green license plate,” Department Director Bruce Breslow said.

    Nevada became the first state in the country to develop licensing criteria for self-driving cars when it unveiled the new regulations in March.

    Until now Google’s test fleet of self-driving cars always carried a human driver ready to intervene in emergencies, but its new status in Nevada will allow the company to start testing cars with no humans aboard.
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    Does this car know that if it stops at an intersection when the light turns yellow it will get rear ended?

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    I guess the sensors will know exactly what is going to happen.
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    The traffic lights could be used more efficiently by communicating with the cars computer. It would know in advance whether the light was going to turn red or green giving it the ability to anticipate the change. Traffic would flow much better. No more red light runners or speeders.

    Many people I've discussed this with are adamantly against it. Freedom to speed would be lost. Basically saying they enjoy their freedom to break the law.
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    Now, can a drunk tell the car to take him home?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiram25 View Post
    Now, can a drunk tell the car to take him home?
    And better yet, blame the car manufacturer for any damages. Another opportunity for less accountability!
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    On a serious note. If this system is perfected the tax/income base of many of the small rural communities in my area would be killed over night.

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    texas is full of driverless cars... look at the accident rate here
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    Eliminating auto accidents would kill insurance companies. Auto body shops also.
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    You'll never eliminate auto accidents. There are far too many people who enjoy driving. I see this creating competition for taxi companies though. Hop in, program (or speak) your destination, insert credit card and off you go. Another question though, are they programmed to go exactly the speed limit or slightly over? Yes, the speed limit is the law, but everyone knows that almost everywhere people drive a little over. A fleet of vehicles going exactly the speed limit could cause congestion or more accidents.
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    What happens when even just one of the sensors stops working? Being so new it clearly has not yet stood the test of time. Pretty cool idea tho, now to make them affordable for citizens...

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    What happens when the car gets to the grocery store,who the heck is gonna get the groceries.How the heck is it gonna get gas if nobody is onboard to pay for it.What next pilotless airplanes?
    This is gonna depress every 16 year old that used to get a drivers license as a right of passage to freedom,now he has no excuse to get his license since the car will drive him around
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    When I was a kid, I was told we would have hovering cars by the year 2000. Pretty disappointed!!

    A few car brands have been offering early warning detections and "auto-parking" for a couple years now. In the next 50yrs, we will see more autonomous cars, integrated traffic systems, and the acceptance of it.

    In the long run, jobs may be reduced for insurance companies (yay!), and auto-body specialists, but increase for electronic troubleshooters and manufacturers. Like emissions, state governments will supplement the lost revenues of speeders with annual sensor calibration tests and battery validations.

    Then after the auto companies start to make money off of the "auto-car", someone will sue them because of a mole they discover on their forearm, caused by radiation they received from all the "auto-cars".
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    Quote Originally Posted by dukalmighty View Post
    What next pilotless airplanes?
    Already exist, and these aircraft are regularly flying in the same airspace as civil air traffic. Now, I wonder who will be the first to volunteer to fly as a passenger on the first pilotless airliner? Not me.

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    I love to drive but I'd also love the option of long road trips or just trips to the convenience store if I didn't have to drive.

    Think of all the "fun" things you could do while your computer chauffeur is driving you.
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