The self-driven cars of Google Inc. will soon be seen on Nevada roads as the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has approved the nation’s first autonomous vehicle license. The self-driven car in question here is a Toyota Prius that Google modified with its experimental driver-less technology, developed by Stanford professor and Google Vice President Sebastian Thrun.
The license was granted after the DMV officials rode along on drives on highways, in Carson City neighborhoods and along the famous Las Vegas Strip. The Nevada legislature last year authorized self-driven cars for the state’s roads, the first such law in the United States. The same law went into effect on March 1, 2012.
How the car runs?
Google’s self-driven car uses video cameras, radar sensors, lasers, and a database of information collected from manually driven cars to help navigate and allow the driver to just kick back and relax.
Autonomous vehicles are the “car of the future,” commented Nevada DMV director Bruce Breslow. The state also has plans to eventually grant license to autonomous vehicles owned by the members of the public. Other car companies are also seeking self-driven car licenses in Nevada, the DMV said.