Nevada approves regulations for self-driving cars

Feb 16, 2012

Nevada is becoming the first state to regulate self-driving vehicles on its roadways.

The state's legislative commission on Wednesday approved regulations that were vetted by car manufacturers, insurance companies, and others.

Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles Director Bruce Breslow says the DMV is now developing licensing procedures for companies that want to test self-driving cars in Nevada.

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

Breslow says self-driving test cars will use red license plates. When the technology is ready for use by the general public, the cars will display green license plates.

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StarGazer2011
2 / 5 (4) Feb 17, 2012
about time! Its ridiculous alowing slow witted apes to control a couple of tonnes of metal at 100kmhr-1! Around children! Self driving cars will reduce deaths on our roads massively (assuming they work).
Shifty0x88
not rated yet Feb 17, 2012
Now my only question is, if I use a self-driving car, can I be arrested for a DWI?

I mean I wasn't technically driving now was I? And what if I just sat in the passenger seat, does that change anything?
jimbo92107
not rated yet Feb 17, 2012
Now my only question is, if I use a self-driving car, can I be arrested for a DWI?


It wouldn't take long to figure out if the drunkard in question was in position to grab the wheel, or if the robot done it. Better hope your car wasn't hacked...