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Google's self-drive car gets Nevada driving licence


Crikey. not sure I'd trust that.

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Google has been experimenting with
driverless Toyota Prius cars in the US
Driverless cars will soon be a reality on the roads of Nevada after the state approved America's first self-driven vehicle licence.

The first to hit the highway will be a Toyota Prius modified by search firm Google, which is leading the way in driverless car technology.

Its first drive included a spin down Las Vegas's famous strip.

Other car companies are also seeking self-driven car licences in Nevada.
Accident

The car uses video cameras mounted on the roof, radar sensors and a laser range finder to "see" other traffic.

Engineers at Google have previously tested the car on the streets of California, including crossing San Francisco's Golden Gate bridge.

For those tests, the car remained manned at all times by a trained driver ready to take control if the software failed.

According to software engineer Sebastian Thrun, the car has covered 140,000 miles with no accidents, other than a bump at traffic lights from a car behind.
Human error

Bruce Breslow, director of Nevada's Department of Motor Vehicles, says he believes driverless vehicles are the "cars of the future".

Nevada changed its laws to allow self-driven cars in March. The long-term plan is to license members of the public to drive such cars.

Google's car has been issued with a red licence plate to make it recognisable. The plate features an infinity sign next to the number 001.

Other states, including California, are planning similar changes.

"The vast majority of vehicle accidents are due to human error," said California state Senator Alex Padilla, when he introduced the legislation.

"Through the use of computers, sensors and other systems, an autonomous vehicle is capable of analysing the driving environment more quickly and operating the vehicle more safely."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17989553

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Maybe they use a Unix based operating system ? I'd hope so meself.

Be great to drive out to some country pubs and have the car take me home automatically without a possible ban. Though the roads they've tested it on are probaly all very wide and easy for a computer system to judge. Driving to the Eagle and Child at Wharles on narrow twisty roads might pose problems. Hmmm. I wonder if that place is still open actually, not been there for a few years?

Years ago the police were very reasonable about drink-driving. Sometimes they'd follow you for a mile and stop you for some reason - light not working or summat, then they'd ignore the beer breath and wish you well as long as you'd been driving sensibly. :) Oh happy days.

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diablo wrote:Maybe they use a Unix based operating system ? I'd hope so meself.


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