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Google’s robot cars pass driving test

The self-driving cars are based on Toyota’s hybrid hatchback

The desert state is the first to grant the vehicles a licence to use public roads. They are controlled by computers processing a combination of mapping data, radar, laser sensors and video feeds.

Officials from the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles rode in the cars “along freeways, state highways and neighborhoods both in Carson City and the busy Las Vegas Strip”, they said in a statement.

It comes after Nevada passed laws to create a new type of licence for autonomous vehicles last year, which came into effect on 1 March.

The autonomous cars, based on Toyota Prius hybrid hatchbacks, will now be allowed on public roads for further development and testing, carrying a distinctive red licence plate with an infinity symbol on the left side.  Read More

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