The future of self-driving cars may be closer than we imagined. The Nevada DMV has officially granted Google the first Autonomous Car License. This means you’ll likely see herds of Prii with hats roaming the Strip in search of humans to transport from casino to casino.
The autonomous car license plate is red in color and symbolized with an infinity character. “I felt using the infinity symbol was the best way to represent the ‘car of the future,” DMV Director Bruce Breslow said on Monday. The state of Nevada wrote a set of rules back in June, 2010 regarding what constitutes an autonomous vehicle. The Los Angeles Times reported that the bill included the following:
A driverless car is defined by the bill as using ‘artificial intelligence, sensors and global positioning system coordinates to drive itself without the active intervention of a human operator. That includes technology such as lasers, cameras and radar.
Google has racked up over 100,000 miles testing its fleet of converted Prii in California, but now the company is going gambling in the neon desert. I’m waiting for the autonomous taxi service to hit New York City.
[Via: LA Times]