Google announced their self-driving car project in 2010 to make driving safer, more enjoyable, and more efficient. Having safely completed over 200,000 miles of computer-led driving, we wanted to share one of our favorite moments. Here's Steve, who joined us for a special drive on a carefully programmed route to experience being behind the wheel in a whole new way. We organized this test as a technical experiment, but we think it's also a promising look at what autonomous technology may one day deliver if rigorous technology and safety standards can be met.I don't know how to drive this is perfect for me ..
The license was issued by Nevada’s Department of Motor Vehicles and comes less than a year after the state first allowed Google to start testing a fleet of self-driving Toyota Prius hybrids on its roads.
The issuing of the license also comes just one week after Google announced it was seeking a partnership with a major automaker to accelerate the development of its autonomous car technology and eventually start mass production.
Google has been developing the technology for several years now, but the tipping point came when Nevada officials were offered a ride along across highways, in Carson City neighborhoods and along the Las Vegas strip, reports Reuters.
Currently, Nevada’s DMV is processing applications for the special license from a handful of other firms and eventually it plans to issue them to members of the public. Google has stated in the past that it’s not prepared to sell its technology until it’s proven to be safe and that an agreement can be made with insurance firms as to who is liable in the case of a crash.
The license still requires at least two people in the car during all times that its autonomous mode is in use--one person, presumably with a license, to sit behind the wheel in case human intervention is required and a second to monitor for objects not in the vehicle’s direct path of travel.
The technology itself relies on a system of video cameras, radar sensors and lasers mounted all around the car, as well as a database of mapping information. In the future, it’s likely cars will communicate with each other as well as with roadside objects to help them detect and navigate around objects.