Sometime in a faraway time we might witness the dawn of a new technology where cars are not being driven by humans. Would a driverless car be feasible? Or is it only a figment of our curious imaginations?
Well, Nevadans need not look that far to see a driverless car plying their highways and streets.
The State Department of Motor Vehicles gave Google a license to test their autonomous vehicle. The company’s autonomous Toyota Prius will be tested in the desert city.
Though state regulations require a person sitting behind the wheel and one in the passenger’s seat during the tests, make no mistake about it. It is not being driven by a human.
According to DMV spokesperson Tom Jacobs, “It’s still a work in progress. The system regulates the brakes, accelerator and steering.”
Google is actually not testing only one vehicle. In fact they have a fleet of eight vehicles to test. They have Six Toyota Priuses, a Lexus RX 450h and an Audi TT – Richard Hammond would be pleased.
The license plates of these vehicles will have a red background and an infinity symbol on the left side.
DMV director Bruce Breslow said, “I feel using the infinity symbol was the best way to represent the ‘car of the future’”.
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