[nfbwatlk] google gets license

Kaye Kipp kkipp123 at gmail.com
Wed May 9 14:49:08 UTC 2012

I think that's scary.  Nobody's going to get me in a car that goes without a 

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> Google gets Nevada driving licence for self-drive car
> http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17989553
> Google gets Nevada driving licence for self-drive car
> Google has been experimenting with driverless Toyota Prius cars in the US
> Driverless cars will soon be a reality on the roads of Nevada after the
> state approved America's first self-driven vehicle licence.
> The first to hit the highway will be a Toyota Prius modified by search 
> firm
> Google, which is leading the way in driverless car technology.
> Its first drive included a spin down Las Vegas's famous strip.
> Other car companies are also seeking self-driven car licences in Nevada.
> Accident
> The car uses video cameras mounted on the roof, radar sensors and a laser
> range finder to "see" other traffic.
> Engineers at Google have previously tested the car on the streets of
> California, including crossing San Francisco's Golden Gate bridge.
> For those tests, the car remained manned at all times by a trained driver
> ready to take control if the software failed.
> According to software engineer Sebastian Thrun, the car has covered 
> 140,000
> miles with no accidents, other than a bump at traffic lights from a car
> behind.
> Human error
> Bruce Breslow, director of Nevada's Department of Motor Vehicles, says he
> believes driverless vehicles are the "cars of the future".
> Nevada changed its laws to allow self-driven cars in March. The long-term
> plan is to license members of the public to drive such cars.
> Google's car has been issued with a red licence plate to make it
> recognisable. The plate features an infinity sign next to the number 001.
> Other states, including California, are planning similar changes.
> "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."
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