Google’s self-driving cars receive special license plates

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 9, 2012

Nevada’s Department of Motor Vehicles has finished examining Google's self-driven cars and has given its approval to these cars. In a statement, the Nevada DMV said that the decision was made after officers were driving along highways, in Carson City neighborhoods and along the famous Las Vegas Strip.

Last year, the Nevada Legislature authorized self-driven cars for the roads in the state. This is actually the first law of its kind in the U.S. This law took effect on March 1, 2012. Google’s self-driven car had relied on video cameras, radar sensors, lasers, and a database of information gathered from manually driven cars to help navigate.

The company said that Google's self-driving cars have made it past the Golden Gate Bridge and through the Pacific Coast Highway. In the statement, Nevada DMV director Bruce Breslow said that autonomous vehicles are the "car of the future." The DMV said that the state is planning to later license autonomous vehicles owned by those in the public. There are legislative moves being made in other states, such as California, to regulate autonomous cars.

Last March, California state Senator Alex Padilla had presented the autonomous car legislation of the state. He said that most vehicle accidents are because of human error. However, she acknowledged that the use computers, sensors and other systems, as well as the autonomous vehicle could study the driving environment more quickly and the vehicle can then be operated well.

The DMV said that other car firms are looking for self-driven car licenses in Nevada. The DMV licensed a Toyota Prius that Google tweaked with its experimental driver-less technology, which was built by Stanford professor and Google Vice President Sebastian Thrun. [source: Automobilebmag]

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