Nevada Approves Driverless Cars, Flying Cars Will Still Have to Wait

August 2, 2011

Flying cars may be more and more of a worthless dream that will only see fruition when the car industry realizes I'm dead, but driverless cars could be here sooner than you think.

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed a new transportation bill that recognizes several alternatively-powered vehicles on the state's highways including "autonomous vehicles." More specifically, it requires the state's Department of Motor Vehicles to adopt new regulations for driverless vehicles.

This means the DMV in Nevada can issue licenses for autonomous vehicles, even though that seems like the world's biggest contradiction in terms since "jumbo shrimp." However, it recognizes the fact that such automotive technology is being developed for mass transportation and this paves the way to bring it to fruition. In fact, there are several models in the works such as Audi's TTS Coupe that guides itself along roads without the driver's help and and a van developed as part of the VisLab Intercontinental Autonomous Challenge that drove itself from Italy to China where it premiered at the World Fair.

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