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article imageGoogle gets first self-driven car licence

By Kesavan Unnikrishnan     May 8, 2012 in Technology
Nevada has approved Google's application for a license to test its driverless cars, the first licence of its kind in the US.
Google's modified Toyota Prius was issued a license by Nevada’s Department of Motor Vehicles after successful test drives in Carson City and on the Las Vegas strip. The license will allow Google to drive these cars across the state under the following condition: Two people — one person, presumably with a license, to sit behind the wheel in case human intervention is required and a second to monitor for objects not in the vehicle’s direct path of travel.
Google's self driving technology relies on a system of video cameras, radar sensors and lasers mounted all around the car, as well as a database of mapping information.So far, Google's applied to license three test vehicles.
Nevada first began work on its autonomous vehicle licensing program last June after the state passed a legislation to allow self-driving cars on public roads.The license plates of self-driving cars in the state of Nevada will be different from regular cars. They will be red with an infinity logo in the center.The state requires a $100 licensing fee plus $13 for each set of license plates.
Other US states are also planning to introduce legislation to regulate autonomous cars.California state Senator Alex Padilla,who introduced that state's autonomous car legislation said:
The vast majority of vehicle accidents are due to human error.Through the use of computers, sensors and other systems, an autonomous vehicle is capable of analysing the driving environment more quickly and operating the vehicle more safely.
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