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Google Lobbies Nevada To Allow Driverless Cars

Publication Date: 
May 10, 2011
Source: 
The New York Times
Author: 
John Markoff

Fellow Ryan Calo spoke with John Markoff of the New York Times on why possible new legislation legalizing self-driving cars in Nevada would serve as a great template for the process of testing these vehicles.

Google, a pioneer of self-driving cars, is quietly lobbying for legislation that would make Nevada the first state where they could be legally operated on public roads.

And yes, the proposed legislation would include an exemption from the ban on distracted driving to allow occupants to send text messages while sitting behind the wheel.

The two bills, which have received little attention outside Nevada’s Capitol, are being introduced less than a year after the giant search engine company acknowledged that it was developing cars that could be safely driven without human intervention.

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“In some respects this is a great template and a great model,” said Ryan Calo, a legal scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School. “It recognizes a need to create a process to test these vehicles and set aside an area of Nevada where testing can take place.”