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Google to Test Driverless Car in Nevada

Tuesday, 08 May 2012 12:12 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

Nevada has issued Google its first license to test driverless vehicles on the state’s streets and highways.
 
But state regulations still require that at least two people be in the car for safety reasons while the tests are being conducted, the Las Vegas Sun reported Monday.
 
“It’s still a work in progress,” said Tom Jacobs, a spokesman for the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles. “The system regulates the brakes, accelerator and steering.”
 
According to the Sun, the Google test fleet consists of six retrofitted Toyota Priuses, an Audi TT and a Lexus RX450h. All feature artificial intelligence software, a GPS system, and sensors that monitor surrounding traffic and obstacles.
 
While the cars drive themselves, the technology still permits a human driver to take control by turning the steering wheel or stepping on the brakes.
 
Google hopes to eventually market the technology to automakers.

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