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Self driving cars on the streets of Nevada

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Published on May 10, 2012

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As reported by CBS Las Vegas:

Soon to be loose on the streets of Nevada is the Google made self
driving car.

Department of Motor Vehicles officials said Monday they've issued Google
the nation's first license to test self-driving cars on public streets,
after conducting demonstrations on the Las Vegas Strip and in Carson
City that show the car is as safe -- or perhaps safer -- than a human.

Self-driving vehicle technology works like auto-pilot to guide a car --
in this case a modified Prius -- with little or no intervention from a
human operator. Laser radar mounted on the roof and in the grill detects
pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles, creating a virtual buffer zone
around the obstacles that the car then avoids.

Nevada's regulations require two people in the test cars at all times.
One person is behind the wheel, while the other person monitors a
computer screen that shows the car's planned route and keeps tabs on
roadway hazards and traffic lights.

If there's a glitch, the human driver can override the autonomous auto
with a tap on the brake or a hand on the steering wheel.

Last summer, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval took the car for a spin in and
around the state's quiet capital city. But Las Vegas Boulevard, where
costumed superheroes routinely take the crosswalks and massive
billboards angle for the attention of starry-eyed tourists, was perhaps
best suited to test the car's main purpose.

One designer reported, "They're designed to avoid distracted driving,
When you're on the Strip and there's a huge truck with a three scantily
clad women on the side, the car only sees a box."

So far, Google's applied to license three test vehicles. For now the
cars will display red plates and an infinity symbol to represent their
status as vehicles of the future.

Once they're ready for the market -- predictions set for three to five
years -- the plates will be green.

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