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Gov. wants to bring driverless cars to Nevada

Posted at 12:54 PM, Jan 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-05 21:10:35-05

Gov. Brian Sandoval announced Tuesday he plans to hire an expert on unmanned vehicles who will field questions statewide.

The governor made the announcement at an automated vehicles public policy workshop at the Golden Nugget hotel-casino. More than 100 transportation officials, automakers, and insurers attended. 

The goal is to develop some safety guidelines and a framework that would support automated vehicles in Nevada before they're sold publicly.

"The cost will be the cost of employing somebody, but it will be a first of its kind in the nation because we'll have an expert in autonomous systems working right here in Nevada," said Governor Sandoval.

Sandoval also announced he is establishing the Center for Autonomous Vehicles.

Experts at the workshop said some form of unmanned vehicles may be available to consumers in as little as three years.