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Google's Driverless Car Gets Competition From Cadillac

Two interesting pieces of news from today's spin around the internet:

First, from Slate, news that Google's driverless car is getting licensed in Nevada:

The Silver State's DMV this week became the first in the nation to give Google a license to begin testing its driverless cars, which use a combination of GPS data, video cameras, lasers, and radar sensors to get around.

The catch: Nevada state law requires at least two people in the carone behind the wheel and the other in the passenger's seat as a safety precaution, according to the Las Vegas Sun. A human driver can take over control of the vehicle by turning the wheel or pressing on the brake.

Second, a piece of news from Time concerning GM's own efforts, called SuperCruise:

"...the car handles steering, braking and lane centering on its own while the driver goes hands-free.

Super Cruise uses a combination of radar, ultrasonic sensors, cameras and GPS data, and it works in bumper-to-bumper traffic as well as open roads. It's largely based on Cadillac's Driver Assist technologyavailable in some 2013 vehiclesthat can automatically stop the car at low speeds before an impending collision.

GM's plan for autonomous cars seems gradual, keeping in mind that not everyone's ready to trust machines to drive."

You ready to trust a driverless car? Or, to put it another way, are you ready to give up the thrill of putting the hammer down?

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