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.
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.
A.B. Is anyone surprised that Google is behind this driverless car? Is anyone surprised about anything Google does anymore? At this point when I hear about a cool new technology or idea that is NOT owned/supported/funded by Google – that’s when I’m surprised.
But in all seriousness, cars driving themselves in Nevada is brilliant. Go get hammered in a Vegas casino/strip club/hotel/bar/pool party and there is no need to worry about taking a cab or driving drunk. Just remember where you parked and let the Google Prius do the rest. Automatic DD assistance. Brilliant.