Google Gets First License For Driverless Vehicle In NevadaTue, May 08, 2012 - 3:50 PM
The state of Nevada, which had already approved self-driven vehicle licenses back in March, has awarded Google the first driverless vehicle license. The company which has been at the forefront of driverless car technology has data showning that with the video cameras mounted on the roof, radar sensors and even a laser range finder the vehicle has the ability to see the traffic around it. Even more impressive thorough testing by software engineer Sebastian Thrun riding inside the driverless vehcile Google created has already covered 140,000 miles with no accidents. The only bit of trouble was a bump at a set of traffic lights where a car bumped the driverless vehicle from behind which was the result of human error. At this point even Bruce Breslow, the Director of Nevada’s Department of Motor Vehicles, is impressed having said that driverless vehicles will become the “cars of the future.” So for those living in or traveling through Nevada keep your eyes peeled for Google’s modified Toyota Prius. It shouldn’t be to hard to spot with its red license plate which features the symbol for infinity next to the numbers 001.
“The vast majority of vehicle accidents are due to human error,” said California state Senator Alex Padilla, when he introduced the legislation. “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.”