Self-Driving Car On Nevada Roadways

, Posted: Wed, May 9 2012 at 8:29 AM, Updated: Wed, May 9 2012 at 10:50 AM

Nevada is the first state to approve a license for "autonomous vehicles" -- in other words, cars that cruise, twist and turn without the need for a driver.

The license was issued Monday to Google.

The internet giant says the self-driving vehicle project aims to help prevent traffic accidents, free up people's time and reduce carbon emissions by fundamentally changing car use.

The vehicle uses video cameras, radio sensors and a laser range finder to 'see' other traffic, as well as detailed maps to navigate the road ahead.

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