Nevada issues license for Google's driverless car

3:58 PM, May 8, 2012   |    comments
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Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval takes a spin in an driverless car.



(USA TODAY) -- Nevada has become the first state to issue an "autonomous" license for a driverless car, and Google is the lucky recipient, the Las Vegas Sun reports.

Last year the state Legislature passed the first law in the nation to permit testing of driverless cars. State regulations, however, require a person behind the wheel and one in the passenger's seat during tests. The system permits a human driver to take control by stepping on the brake or turning the wheel.

"It's still a work in progress," Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles spokesman Tom Jacobs tells the Sun.

Google has a test fleet of at least eight vehicles and says it hopes to market the technology to auto manufacturers, the Sun says. The system combines artificial intelligence software, a global positioning system and an array of sensors to navigate its way through traffic.

Other companies are tinkering with autonomous technology, Jacobs says: "Google has a lot of competition."

License plates issued for driverless cars will have a red background and an infinity symbol. "I feel using the infinity symbol was the best way to represent the 'car of the future,'" DMV Director Bruce Breslow says.

John Bacon, USA TODAY

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