Google gets first autonomous vehicle testing licence in US

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Google has bagged the first licence in the US to test self-driving cars along busy public roads in Nevada. Officials of the Department of Motor Vehicles in Nevada, California, said they have issued Google the nation’s first licence to test an autonomous vehicle that does not need a driver on its public streets.

Nevada issued a special licence after demonstrations on state freeways, state highways, in Carson City neighbourhoods and on Las Vegas’ landmark Las Vegas Strip. Under new laws and regulations that put Nevada at the forefront of autonomous vehicle development, this is the first licence issued in the United States.

The new licence plate is red and features the infinity symbol and the letters AU, for autonomous vehicle. All such cars on the road are “test” vehicles for now, though the state signaled it intends to be “at the forefront of autonomous vehicle development.”

Bruce Breslow, the state DMV director said, “I felt using the infinity symbol was the best way to represent the car of the future. When there comes a time that vehicle manufactures market autonomous vehicles to the public, that infinity symbol will appear on a green license plate.”

Google, known to dive into other big ideas such as space elevators to Internet-enabled glasses, was the first company to apply to test its self-driving system in Nevada, the press release said.

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