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Google’s Self-Driving Cars Licensed By Nevada

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by Darren Allan, 09 May 2012News

Google has gotten the official seal of approval from the state of Nevada, to take to the road in its driverless cars.

Google's self-driving car has been a project the company has long been working on, with a motor vehicle already having covered 140,000 test miles in California, including a trip across the Golden Gate bridge.

But Nevada is the first state in the US to approve a self-driven vehicle license.

Google's car utilises video cameras, lasers and radar to help it safely navigate the roads, although two people are required to sit in the car at all times, and can take control if the computer makes a mistake.

Bruce Breslow, the Department of Motor Vehicles director, who approved Nevada's decision, was given a spin in Google's project. He said: "I sat in the back seat first, looking at the laptop that shows what the vehicle is seeing. My apprehension disappeared after about five seconds."

"Once I felt confident that the car could see better than I could, they allowed me to get behind the wheel."

Robert Gifford, executive director of the Parliamentary Council for Transport Safety, was somewhat more negative regarding the prospect of these sort of vehicles becoming a reality in the UK.

Gifford noted: "Our regulations require a driver to be in control of the vehicle at all times. It would be impossible for these cars to be allowed on our roads."

"But there are cars which already park themselves and the need there is for the driver to be assisted but not replaced by the technology. The Government has to understand how the technology will develop over the next decade and get ahead of the game rather than respond to it."

What's next for Google? The days of it being just a search engine seem like a very distant, hazy memory.

Source: The Telegraph

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