Last November, Nevada legalized self-driving cars, which are getting more press attention these days, thanks to Google, which uses the cars for mapping purposes, and a number of other companies that have been experimenting with driver-less cars.
But what’s the big deal?
Well, if many car companies, it’s going to be a big deal. In particular, there are many industry experts that think self-driving cars could drastically improve the safety of driving. Computer-driven cars theoretically means less accidents because of fewer impaired drivers, but this remains to be seen if this is the case.
And now, Nevada has announced regulations for self-driven cars, so they can’t do anything they want; they will be subject to the law just as you and me. Most of the regulations deal with the regulation (really!) and automation of the cars. For instance, what cars will be allowed to drive without a driver?
When will they be allowed on the road? How will the department of motor vehicles spread information and awareness about the issue? Those are just some of the questions facing Nevada, and largely, the country, as more states face the fact that eventually, many cars will be driven by computers, robots, or whatever you’d like to call them.
Here at Cash That Junk Car, we’d like to think that the best drivers are human, breathing ones, but if driver-less cars means a safer road environment for today’s drivers, then we are all for it. In any case, it will be interesting to see how the situation plays out in the next few years, and we’ll see how energy efficiency also comes into play with these computer-driven cars.