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DAYTON, NV - A long stretch of roadway is typical of rural Nevada.
It’s not bumper to bumper and the driver can see for miles.
You might say it’s ideal to test experimental vehicles--which is one reason why Nevada has chosen to register autonomous cars currently in development.
“This is going to revolutionize driving. People who are blind will be able to be in a vehicle. People who have Parkinson's they can't drive. Some of the elderly who can't physically drive anymore will be able to drive. Much more safely, it's a safety system,” says head of Nevada’s DMV Bruce Breslow.
Breslow says the future is now, which is why Nevada has set up a system to license and register experimental cars that you might soon see traveling down state and city streets.
While still in its infancy, the DMV will eventually put special Nevada plates on the automated cars,
At this time licenses are issued for safety and liability reasons.
And once the cars receive special license plates here, investigators will want to see how other drivers on the road relate to them.
While Nevada is the first in the nation to credential experimental or automated cars, California and Florida are not far behind.
As of now, though, no one has registered for a test license.
“The technology is evolving and evolving and Nevada needs to be on the cutting edge of it,” says Breslow.
Experimental cars registering in Nevada must be tried in various conditions for 10,000 miles on a private track or elsewhere.
Companies must put up between one and $3,000,000 depending upon on how many cars they want to test.
There must always be 2 people in the vehicle.
The cars must have a black box to record 30-seconds prior to impact of an accident.