by Staff Writers
San Francisco (AFP) May 7, 2012
The state of Nevada has issued a license plate giving Google's self-driving car the green light to travel along public roads.
The modified Toyota Prius was issued a license bearing an infinity sign next to the left of number "001" after demonstrating its auto-pilot capabilities on highways, neighborhood streets and even the hectic "strip" in Las Vegas.
The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles proclaimed the license the first for an autonomous vehicle in the United States.
"I felt using the infinity symbol was the best way to represent the car of the future," motor vehicle department director Bruce Breslow said in a statement posted at the state agency's website.
The car was given a unique red license plate to make it recognizable by police and the public as a self-driving test vehicle.
"When there comes a time that vehicle manufactures market autonomous vehicles to the public, that infinity symbol will appear on a green license plate," Breslow said.
Nevada hopes the creation of the test plates will drive companies to develop, test and build autonomous vehicles in the state.
Google co-founder Sergey Brin heads a stealth team working on visionary innovations such as self-driving cars and eye glasses that mesh the online world with the real world.
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Toyota unveils 'first all-electric SUV'
Los Angeles (AFP) May 7, 2012
Toyota unveiled Monday what it says is the first all-electric sports utility vehicle (SUV) on the market, a version of its popular RAV4 with a top range of 100 miles and minimum six-hour charge time. The car will be sold initially only in California with a base price of $49,800, and the Japanese car company hopes to sell a relatively modest 2,600 units over the next three years. Toyota ... read more
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