Nevada approves driver-less car
By: Stephan Burklin
CARSON CITY, Nevada: Google’s self-driving cars will be rolling out on Nevada streets in coming weeks, as the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles approved the country’s first autonomous car license.
Last year, the Nevada legislature authorized self-driving cars. The law, the first of its kind in the United States, went into effect on March 1, 2012.
Google's self-driving cars rely on video cameras, radar sensors, lasers, and a database of information collected from manually driven cars to help navigate, according to the company.
The DMV licensed a Toyota Prius that Google modified with its experimental driver-less technology, developed by Stanford professor and Google Vice President Sebastian Thrun.
In a 2010 post on Google's official blog, engineer and Google X founder Sebastian Thrun said that the self-driving vehicle project aims "to help prevent traffic accidents, free up people's time and reduce carbon emissions by fundamentally changing car use,” according to CNN.
All the driverless cars will receive red license plates, with an infinity symbol on the left of the plate.
According to the Christian Science Monitor, Bruce Breslow, the director of the Nevada DMV, said in a statement, “I felt using the infinity symbol was the best way to represent the car of the future. The unique red plate will be easily recognized by the public and law enforcement and will be used only for licensed autonomous test vehicles."
Google has been the first company to apply for a license to test its self-driving system. State officials say that “other manufacturers have indicated their desire to test and develop such technology in the state.”