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June 24, 2011

Nevada's state legislature has approved the use of driverless cars

Nevada's state legislature has approved the use of driverless cars.

Nevada has now charged the state Department of Transportation to come up with a list of regulations ranging from performance standards to licensing requirements for the robot cars.

AB 511 revising certain provisions governing transportation" passed the Assembly (36-6) and the Senate (20-1) and was signed into law by the governor this week.

AB511 full 8 page text is here.

Google lobbied for the bill to help legalize the google robotic car.


Nevada currently defines an "autonomous vehicle" as "a motor vehicle that uses artificial intelligence, sensors and global positioning system coordinates to drive itself without the active intervention of a human operator.

The texting ban exception was passed as a separate bill (SB140). It reads in relevant part: "For the purposes of this section, a person shall be deemed not to be operating a motor vehicle if the motor vehicle is driven autonomously through the use of artificial-intelligence software and the autonomous operation of the motor vehicle is authorized by law.

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