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Google gains US state licence for self-driven car

Google has been granted a “self-driven vehicle licence” for its autonomous and modified Toyota Prius in the US state of Nevada.

The search and technology giant is looking to establish driverless car technology.

The Google Driverless Car uses video cameras mounted on the roof, radar sensors and a laser range finder to "see" other traffic.

Members of the public will not be able to acquire a self-driven vehicle licence yet, but it will allow Google to continue with further tests of the technology on public roads. 

Stanford University Professor and Google Fellow Sebastian Thrun has helped to develop the Google Driverless Car. The video below shows footage of the Driverless Car and explains Thrun's drive behind improving safety on the road.

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Toyota last saw sales of more than 100,000 units in 2009, but this year could see a return to that exclusive group.

A 6% rise in sales last year meant total registrations of 94,012 and sales were up 9% at the start of 2015. Toyota points to the successful progress of hybrid power to become a mainstream choice for car buyers as a key factor in its progress.

Hybrids accounted for 23% of all Toyota cars sold last year. This year marks the next chapter in its investment in green power with the arrival of the Mirai, Toyota’s first hydrogen-powered production car.

Its more mainstream offerings will be supported with an updated Prius+ people-carrier launched this year, while its future design direction has been hinted at by the C-HR Concept shown at last year's Paris Motor Show.

Note: Manufacturers administer the franchised contracts for cars and LCVs in different ways. Broadly, for some the contract to sell cars and LCVs is managed through a separate dealer contract. For others one contract covers both vehicle types.

AMi seeks to acknowledge the difference and reflect it in the count of each dealer groups total franchised outlets (franchised businesses) and sites (locations).

Toyota administers car and LCV sales under a single contract.

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