Driverless cars take a big step forward in Nevada.
The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles permitted Google last year to start testing their first fleet of autonomous, self-driving cars on their public streets. Now the progressive state has issued the first licenses to the internet giant's Toyota Prius hybrids after being so impressed with the company's futuristic, driverless technology. The issue of the license was further buoyed by Google taking several Nevada officials for rides in their self-driving cars, showing how well it handled and worked in crowded neighborhoods and streets.
Over 200,000 miles of computer-led driving led to that moment. The license requires a minimum of two occupants in the cars at all times, one in the passenger's seat to serve as a spotter for objects or vehicles not currently in the car's direct path, and one with a valid driving license in the driver's seat in case human intervention is needed. Currently, Google is shopping their technology around to various automakers in a hope to joint-develop a production model for mass production. Google's high-tech system uses a database of mapping information, lasers, radar sensors and video cameras to pilot itself on the roadways.
Of the unique license plates, Nevada DMV Director Bruce Breslow said "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." Check out the following clip of the autonomous car in action.