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[Telegraph] Google's robot cars pass driving test

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Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/9252275/Googles-robot-cars-pass-driving-test.html#disqus_thread
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Google's autonomous cars have passed their first driving test in Nevada, which included a trip along the famous Las Vegas Strip.

The desert state is the first to grant the vehicles a licence to use public roads. They are controlled by computers processing a combination of mapping data, radar, laser sensors and video feeds.
Officials from the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles rode in the cars "along freeways, state highways and neighborhoods both in Carson City and the busy Las Vegas Strip", they said in a statement.
It comes after Nevada passed laws to create a new type of licence for autonomous vehicles last year, which came into effect on 1 March.
The autonomous cars, based on Toyota Prius hybrid hatchbacks, will now be allowed on public roads for further development and testing, carrying a distinctive red licence plate with an infinity symbol on the left side.

Neat!
    
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I'll take two of these, please.
 
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I hope I see that car drive by on the street one day xD
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google, release to public.
canada all provinces, license autonomous cars so i can nap on the way to work.
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So what happens when it wrecks into you? Who gets the ticket?

Watch it be like iRobot, the car wrecks into you, and then drives away quickly and self-destructs, destroying all evidence.
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They just want these things to save money on paying people to drive around the "street view cars"!

I kid.... These are pretty nifty machines
    
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They should make these with beds biggrin.gif
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I know it's getting ahead of the situation, but I'm interested to know how this system reacts to a highway-speed tire blowout, or a situation where it gets clipped by another vehicle at freeway speeds or almost collides with another car on the road (i.e., does it know you can just swerve onto the shoulder to avoid an accident as opposed to slamming on the brakes). Like, how does well does it maintain or regain control of a car in emergency situations.
    
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Who else thinks this is one of the most awesome things they have seen?
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DWI's will soon cease to exist smile.gif
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