May 102011
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There’s been a lot of advancement lately in the field of autonomous cars.

The DARPA Grand Challenge a few years ago convinced many people that autonomous vehicles were possible and since then we’ve been seeing more and more work on concepts around such vehicles, including Google’s secret testing of its own autonomous cars and some other researchers doing an autonomous drive from Italy to China. However, with Google, it needed to get special permission to take the car out on the roads, and apparently some politicians in Nevada are working hard to court autonomous vehicle manufacturers to its state. They’ve put together a bill that would make it easier to get autonomous vehicles on the road in the state, by setting up a process to “authorize” such vehicles, and allow them to operate on Nevada highways.

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