Monday, May 7, 2012
Nevada drivers could soon be sharing the road with vehicles that don't need them.
Department of Motor Vehicles officials say they've issued Google the nation's first license to test self-driving cars on public streets.
Nevada officials said Monday that demonstrations on the Las Vegas Strip and in Carson City helped show that the tech company was ready to move the autonomous autos into the next stage of development.
Self-driving vehicle technology works like auto-pilot to guide a car -- in this case a modified Prius -- with little or no intervention from a human operator.
Nevada's regulations require two people in the test cars at all times.
A DMV official says the cars will display red plates and an infinity symbol to represent their status as vehicles of the future.