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Google’s Self-Driving Car Licensed to Hit Nevada Streets

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Ian Paul,
May 9, 2012

Google’s self-driving car is growing up right in front of our eyes: The fledgling autonomous vehicle program recently passed its driver’s license test in Nevada, the first license of its kind in the United States.

Obtaining Nevada’s self-driving car license clears the way for Google to test its technology on public roads in the state.

Google’s modified Toyota Prius was given the thumbs up after successful test drives in Carson City and on the Las Vegas strip. Alongside the special license, Nevada also issued the car a unique set of red license plates that include the infinity symbol and the words “autonomous car.” With any luck, those plates should differentiate all the other vehicles on the road from Google’s car, which has cameras and radar equipment strapped to the roof.

Nevada first began work on its autonomous vehicle licensing program last June when the state’s lawmakers passed legislation toallow self-driving cars on public roads. In February, Nevada’s Department of Motor Vehicles issued rules governing autonomous cars. The Nevada DMV rules currently limit the state’s licensing to test vehicles; enthusiasts need not apply.

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