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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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