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Google gets nation's first license to test driverless cars
By Insure.com staff

Google has received the first license to test driverless cars on Nevada roads.

The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles issued the license – the first of its kind in the United States – to the giant technology company after a test-driving demonstration was performed on roads in Carson City and on the Las Vegas Strip.

Google has been a pioneer in developing driverless-car technology. Cars equipped with the technology are known as autonomous vehicles." They operate on autopilot and perform most aspects of driving without human intervention.

Driverless cars in Nevada will bear red license plates with an infinity symbol on the left-hand side.

"I felt using the infinity symbol was the best way to represent the 'car of the future,'" said Bruce Breslow, DMV director, in a press statement.

He added that the unique red plate easily can be recognized by the public and law enforcement.

The DMV is issuing an "autonomous testing business license" to Google. Once licenses are issued to the public, the infinity symbol will appear on a green license plate, according to the DMV.

Although Google was the first company to request the right to test driverless cars on Nevada roads, other auto companies also have indicated an interest in doing so, according to the DMV.

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