This would-be technology of the future actually is already in existence, with Toyota boasting a prototype of its wildly popular Prius that has the ability to drive itself. The car uses technology developed by Google Inc in order to provide accurate satellite navigation and positioning when on the road; all a driver must do is enter their desired destination and the car handles the rest.
Nevada’s legislation is groundbreaking, because it is as much a call for research and development as it is a call for expansion of the new product. “’…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…’” Such evidences of ‘proof’ include the requirement for the vehicles to have two drivers in the car at all times, one poised and ready to take the wheel in the instance of a technical failure. The state is also asking for a full review of the capability of these driver-less vehicles in all kind of inclement weather as well.
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