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Christopher Bruce2013-01-08 14:13:38

Nevada Becoming Hot Bed of Autonomous Vehicle Development

Toyota and Audi working on autonomous cars in the state

 
 
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Lexus is testing an autonomous LS

Since May, when Google became the first organization in history to license an autonomous car for the road, Nevada has become a hot bed for developing autonomous vehicles. Nevada became the first state to open its vehicle registration to allow for autonomous vehicles and automakers like ToyotaToyotaToyotaJapan, 1937 > present155 models
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and AudiAudiAudiGermany, 1909 > present83 models
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are taking advantage of the opportunity. 

Toyota

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, Toyota revealed its advanced active safety research vehicle, which is based on the Lexus LSLS Gen.4Lexus LS Gen.4Japan, 2006 > present40 versions
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. Toyota's vehicle uses 360-degree laser detection and ranging, three high definition cameras, front and side radar, GPS and several accelerometers.

Toyota is not saying when this technology will be ready, but it is a sign of progress that this technology is in real world testing, even in a limited capacity. 

Toyota is also developing vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication in Japan for its vehicles that should make its vehicles even safer.

Audi

Audi received the first registration for an automaker and the second registration in general for an autonomous vehicle in Nevada for its Audi TTSTTS Coupé DSGAudi TTS Coupé DSGGermany, 2008 > present4 photos
. Audi also highlighted the vehicle during its CES presentation. 

Audi defines autonomous driving as a pilot would autopilot. The car can take control for mundane tasks, but the driver can intervene at any time.

Audi tested the autonomous TTS at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb in Colorado earlier this year to see if it could drive up the course by itself. It did so in 27 minutes, which is about 17 minutes slower than the current record. 

First Google Driver-Less Car Licensed in Nevada

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TTS CoupéTTS Coupé
Engine
Straight 4
Displacement
121 cu in
Top Speed
155 mph
Transmission
6, Manual
Maximum power
272 hp @ 6000 rpm
Type
Fixed-head coupé
Fuel
Petrol
Fuel consumption (combined)
29.4 US MPG
price
$ 67.286
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annual ownership cost
$ 2.540

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