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Nevada Approves Regulations For Self-Driving Cars

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada is envisioning a day when taxicabs might shuttle fares without a driver, or people with medical conditions that make them ineligible for a license could get around with a virtual chauffeur.

The concept took a big step when Nevada became the first state to approve regulations that spell out requirements for companies to test driverless cars on state roads.

“Then they have to take us out and prove that they can do it,” Bruce Breslow, director of the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles, said of the autonomous vehicles. “They’re not ready to go to market yet.”

But Nevada intends to be ready when they are, and officials hope to stay ahead of other states such as Florida and Hawaii that are considering similar testing regulations, Breslow said.

Gov. Brian Sandoval took a test ride in a self-driving Toyota Prius in July. The car being developed by Google Inc. uses radar, sensors and computers that allow the vehicle to drive itself, though human drivers can override the autopilot function.

Companies that want to conduct testing in Nevada will need a bond of $1 million to $3 million, depending on the number of cars they plan to test. Firms also must lay out their specific intentions, such as testing a vehicle on urban roadways, or its ability to operate in the fog, rain or snow, and provide testing data to the state.

The cars must have two people in them at all times, with one able to take control. The new regulations approved last week also require companies to detail license requirements for people to operate them when they become available.

Cars must be equipped with separate data collectors — similar to the “black box” on an aircraft — that will “capture and store the autonomous technology sensor data for at least 30 seconds before a collision.”

The regulations go beyond testing procedures, anticipating the day when driverless cars become a reality on highways.

If a vehicle is certified as capable of being driven in autonomous mode without a driver, a person can operate the vehicle “without being physically present,” one provision says.

Whether there’s a human driver or not, the regulations hold the operator responsible regardless of whether the person is physically present in the autonomous vehicle.

The only exception to traffic laws is texting or talking on a hand-held cellphone. A law passed by legislators last year to ban texting while driving included a specific exemption for operators of self-driving cars on autopilot.

But the vehicles won’t be a substitute for a designated driver after a night on the town, Breslow said.

“There is no exemption for drinking and driving,” he said.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • Tomas

    Let us know, after the first accident happens, who do we sue? The passenger, the manufacturer or the insane politicians who allowed this..

    • Bob Boogie

      The passenger or the person ‘controling’ the car will be responsible, even if they are not in the car. A person will always be held responsible.

    • sid


    • Jim

      One this technology is perfected, I believe you will see a 95% reduction in accidents and there could be a defined scale of what is paid out in the case of an accident. Insurance rates will plummet because much, much less is being paid out in claims. The only bump I see in this road is those blood-sucking pos trial lawyers who claim to be “for the people” yet really just care about their 35% of an insanely huge settlement. They are leeches on society.

      • BytraWatches

        Their 35% share??? I thought that was long gone since most lawyers now want their 40% share… where have you been my boy???

    • Kurtiss

      The passenger, who should have overridden the autopilot. But it’ll reduce accidents overall because the electronics won’t get distracted putting on makeup or texting. Since the roads will be overall safer, the manufacturers should be held liable only if a defect is proven.

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    • bet

      I think its fine that government allowed this, I just think its going to be a huge liability for the manufacturer.

    • Midge Martin

      Looks as if they will double as a coffin too. Crush and bury.

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  • julie

    Let Harry Reid be the First Casualty !

  • Bryan

    I have an idea! Let’s put some rails down for the cars to follow, and hook a bunch of them together. Then we can just charge people per ride. Sounds like something we should have thought of 100 years ago.

    • Tedd

      Good one.

      The reality, of course, is that the era of mass transit is drawing to a close, to be replaced by micro transit. If you don’t believe me, not problem, just wait.

  • Kevin

    How could you charge someone with drinking and driving when they aren’t driving? Seems pretty dumb to me.

    • Bob Boogie

      because at least one passenger is supposed to be sober enough to take control when necessary. One passenger will always be responsible for the car, no matter what.

      • NC

        So why do they require TWO people to be in the car when riding it at all times? Isn’t one more than enough?

  • btruth

    I love the obvious “track & control” society around me. All manner of gadgets & technology, directly created from the military industrial academic complex, to help in the banking mafia’s slow take over, Fabian socialist style.
    The stasi of east germany would be beside themselves on how easy it was to dupe the populace into letting a police state gather all manner of intelligence on you while you use facebook & cell phones etc. When the time comes to role you all up, they’ll know where, when & how to place you into a FEMA/death camp.
    Oh, wait the homeland security/NORTHCOM is the new east german stasi & they are beside themselves.

  • Ryan

    We are getting on step closer to skynet. Prepare for the end of the world folks because it is going down quicker than Paris Hilton on prom night.

    • halmccombs

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    • mcw1142

      This is skynet – we read what you wrote puny human – you’re on our list.

  • Dan S.

    IF the self-driving cars really work, then people who have been drinking should be able to use them. Presumably, that is not permitted now simply because these cars are still in the testing stage.

    One thing that concerns me is the mention of “radar” as one of the technologies used. We need to be wary of further increases in the level of electromagnetic energy in the air, especially at microwave frequencies. Hopefully, the radar transmissions are not used for a significant portion of the time, and are not aimed where people will be likely to absorb the energy. If they are, the health effects of that need to be looked at very carefully before such things are allowed to become ubiquitous.

    • Travis W

      Got take a look at Google’s autonomous car that has been driving in CA for many years now successfully. It actually uses tons of lasers for tracking I believe, no radar. Pretty cool.

    • Jerry gregoire

      We live in a sea of electromagnetic emissions with the biggest source being the sun.

  • slipperyslope

    Hey folks did you not read the liability stament
    “Whether there’s a human driver or not, the regulations hold the operator responsible regardless of whether the person is physically present in the autonomous vehicle.”

    Remote accident, operator pays

  • JG

    Welcome to the first fully automated car! This is your driver and computer speaking to you. While you may have some hesitation about riding in this fully computerized vehicle without a human driver, we want to assure you that everything has been carefully programmed and nothing can possibly go wrong, go wrong, go wrong, go . . . .

  • skippy

    To Serve Man

  • david cox

    Will our grandchildren love their “brave” new world or will they despise us for letting government regulated technologies completely remove all independence from each individual? …Or will the sustainability Nazis find ways to so reduce the population that the few “Eloi” that remain are indifferent or even grateful to their “Morlock” overlords?! –Reference The Time Machine, HG Wells.

  • Verm

    time to brush off my hacking notebooks and get up to speed.

    Hacking into and taking over someone’s car will be the new “entertainment” for bored kids.

    • NC

      HAHAHA!!! I know it. Everyday, a new car will be stolen faster than it is today. Ever notice how the older machines (in the early and mid 20th century) were difficult to break into but now (with wonderful advances in computer technology), machines are more easier to break into and steal? Kinda makes you wonder, doesn’t it? Like maybe they want people to easily break into them so that they will force the operators to pay more for insurance, repairs and new ones. Just like Cars, computers and anything else mechanical or electronical. Why else can we not have a car that lasts a life time or a computer that lasts a lifetime? It’s been clearly stated by many sources in the car manufacturing companies that they could develop a car that can last 20 years or more but they don’t want that because after they sold them to everyone, they would be out of business. Just like selling a new version of Windows or Norton Antivirus or TurboTax. They can easily upload a cheap update but that would mean they would lose money. Boo whoo….Corporations control the world, people.

  • david cox

    Oh yeah, Loved what Bryan said above!

  • Dan

    It’ll be great. Period. I wish I had one now. Kick back etc. Nice. And demonstrably safer. Why are people worried. Its the next great futuristic thing, like GPS, computers and internet etc.

    • NC


  • tina

    Harry Reid must be lining his pockets again. He needs a speedy trial by the people.

  • M Letourneau

    I don’t see a single comment here supporting this stupid idea, EVERYONE KNOWS THIS IS A BAD IDEA! WHY CAN’T WE STOP THESE PEOPLE??

    How do we let “these people” know we, their bosses, don’t support this?!?

    Why don’t I know who made this decision so I know who not to vote for? Who to write a letter to? These agenda 21 idiots trying to sell us this little gem for our benefit when it is just the means to control where we go, what we do, and what we’ll never do again.

    I’m so sick of this.

    • Tedd

      For what it’s worth, I think it’s a fantastic idea. Autonomous vehicles and micro transport are the future of land-based transportation. It’s going to be a huge improvement in almost every way over what we have now.

      Those who are concerned about being tracked have a legitimate point, but the reality is that by the time autonomous vehicles become common you’ll be tracked in your manually-driven car everywhere you go, too. So, yes that’s a problem, but no it’s not an argument against autonomous vehicles.

    • GotMullet?

      Dude…. It’s Google. Trust ’em.

  • Al Cinamon

    Am I missing something here. A self-driving car without a physical presence? Why would someone want their car to go some where without them being in it.?

    • Ron

      TO deliver a package to grandmas house what else. Or a car bomb….

      • NC

        A car bomb seems more practical at this point.

      • GotMullet?

        Good point.

  • jim

    Over time passenger vehicles on land, sea, and air will all work without human intervention. In fact in the future people will be horrified that people actually controlled vehicles themselves. I can actually invision a time where most surgery is done by a robot. Years ago we had people operating elevators in buildings and now everyone of those jobs have disappeared.

    • Tedd

      Jim’s right. It’s difficult to predict how something like this will play out, but one likely scenario is that once people realize that autonomous cars will never drive drunk, or angry, never be aggressive, rude, or inconsiderate, never act irresponsibly, and rarely fail, they’ll demand that manual driving be banned.

      I love cars and I love driving, but autonomous vehicles offer so many benefits that we’d be foolish not to adopt them. Nor will we likely have a practical choice; once some countries start to adopt them the economic benefits will be so great that any country not going along will be left in the dust.

    • Bob Boogie

      You invision Star Wars.

    • Kamil

      You didn’t answer the aistnpam question correctly, your comment was not saved. Press “Back” and answer the question better.Just to be sure that your message won’t be lost – copy it now to the clipboard. 搞得我很紧张来着.. 特地来留言测试一下下….果然..是啥子插件啊?压根都木有问题出来

  • coolit10

    I think on long distances, coast to coast or way north to south loaded trains/Amtrac coaches with bar and nightcliub cars would be safer and way more econoimical put the cars on car haulers.. Good sleeping coaches. night cliubs,gambling, etc. Sports bars. It will take longer but who cares if you having fun. hot tub on the roof, no guns. Strip clubs off shore owners. Jack Abramoff used to do this stuff outside in international waters made a fortune , no cops, he got pinched on slightly related beef, some the paper he was using ended being fishing. But just think of the contacts and the secrets.I am looking for investors. Basically, in the gulf off shore maybe a week at a time. Keep it clean until we are in the Gulf.


  • Bubba

    Another limit on the mobility of the American People. What will you do when the autopilot refuses to take you to your specified destination? With a limit on mobility comes a limit of freedom.

  • Real Rick

    Put Nevada’s own elected idiot Hare-brained Reid in the first one. Hackers get ready to crash the first one please!

    • NC


  • tyrone

    what happens when a computer self driven car is texting?

  • GotMullet?

    Imagine that…. the car can get Great Aunt Minnie to the doctor or grocery store, but, the car is NOT allowed to get you home after you’ve knocked back a few at the Billies Pub? It seems like they’re going about this wrong.

  • chad

    Once most cars on the road are driven by computers the car accident rate will go way down. Why is everyone so close minded and afraid of technology?? Can’t wait until a couple generations finally die off!

    • NC

      Chad, get an education, you sheeple! I can’t wait until a couple of generations of YOU die off, so we can get some people with REAL intelligence back in the world again.

    • Less1leg

      nobody is afraid of technology. People relinquishing ownership skills to a man made device had better think twice. Who exactly is responsible for the next “reality TV show” called Self-driving Cars Go Wild.
      Once you take the backseat and turn over driving to the Self Driving Car, and that car does what good man made devices do, fail. Who is going to pay for the damages.
      We live in a court driven world of “who pays”. And in the case of turning over your driving ownership responsibilities I can see this coming a mile away. Your Honor, how can I be held responsible for the safe travel of this Self Driving Car when manufacturing error caused this vehicle to fail and kill this young girl riding her bike.

  • Htos1

    That’s gonna happen about as fast as fliying cars,look it up,and we dhimmicrats now.

    • Htos1

      we “have”

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