Nevada OKs Robot Cars
New rules allow companies to begin testing
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 17, 2012 1:19 PM CST
A driverless car which from the outside looks like a regular Volkswagen Passat with a camera on top, is seen being put through its paces at Berlin's disused Tempelhof airport, October 13, 2010.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Nevada drivers might be sharing the road with robots someday. The state's Department of Motor Vehicles has approved regulations allowing self-driving cars to hit the street, PC Mag reports. The rules govern test vehicles—like the one Google has already built—and will eventually apply to those released to consumers. You'll be able to identify them by their license plates, which will be red for test models and green for the final product.

"Nevada is the first state to embrace what is surely the future of automobiles," the DMV's director says in a statement. Companies testing cars must put up a $1 million to $3 million bond, and equip their cars with special data collectors, the AP reports. The test cars must also have two people inside in case something goes wrong, but when a car is finally fully approved, owners will be allowed to operate it "without being physically present."

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Feb 18, 2012 5:43 AM CST
If they can make it infallible, this would be great if you're going to a bar. You drive yourself there, get hammered and stoned, get back in the passenger seat of your car at the end of the night and let the robot driver get you home without fear of a DUI and without having to pay for a cab both ways. ...and if you meet a lady you can ride in the back seat and get frisky all the way home! Then if it happens to be a weeknight you can let it drive you to work the next morning as you snooze in the passenger seat all the way to work Works for me... : )
Feb 17, 2012 7:55 PM CST
I saw a documentary about this when I was in high school (over 8 years ago) and it was being tested in CA. I've been wondering how long it would take to hit the US. I can't wait.
Feb 17, 2012 6:44 PM CST
KIT come get me....*right away Michael*