Cars on the road don't always need drivers, according to new Nevada legislation that allows driverless vehicles in the state.
Assembly Bill 511, the first such legislation in the country, allows the state's Department of Transportation to draw up rules that would authorize such automated vehicles. The regulations would include safety standards, insurance requirements and testing sites.
A driverless car is defined by the bill as using "artificial intelligence, sensors and global positioning system coordinates to drive itself without the active intervention of a human operator." That includes technology such as lasers, cameras and radar.
So far, such driverless cars have logged more than 140,000 miles on California roads as part of an endeavor by Google Inc. But Google always puts a driver behind the wheel, ready to take over if necessary, and a software operator in the passenger seat who monitors the technology.