Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Automatic for the people (GOOG lobbying NV for autonomous vehicles)

Google Lobbies Nevada To Allow Self-Driving Cars -

Google hired David Goldwater, a lobbyist based in Las Vegas, to promote the two measures, which are expected to come to a vote before the Legislature’s session ends in June. One is an amendment to an electric-vehicle bill providing for the licensing and testing of autonomous vehicles, and the other is the exemption that would permit texting.

In testimony before the State Assembly on April 7, Mr. Goldwater argued that the autonomous technology would be safer than human drivers, offer more fuel-efficient cars and promote economic development.
Safer than human is the bit I have to remind myself is key. They don't have to be perfect, and the way some humans drive, I welcome our autobot overlords. 
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