Vince Pornelos / Google X | May 14, 2012 12:52
Look Nevada, no hands!
Is full, driverless autonomy the wave of the future? If you ask the state of Nevada and Google, that seems to be the case.
Nevada has just issued the first ever U.S. license plates for an autonomous automobile being developed by Google. The driverless car can now be tested within Neveda's public roads, and will wear a red license plate with an infinity (to represent the future) and AU 001.
Google's driverless Toyota Prius makes use of information from Google Street View, artificial intelligence and a LIDAR (light detection and ranging). Google actually has a fleet of driverless vehicles, including an Audi TT and a Lexus RX450h.
Of course, Nevada would not allow the tests to go unsupervised, and as a rule, a person must be seated at the driver's seat along with one passenger.