Google’s driverless vehicle technology has achieved a world’s first by gaining a self-driving vehicle licence from the US state of Nevada. The licence enables the vehicle to be legally used on roads in the state.
Driverless vehicle technology has been in development for some time, with DARPA hosting two Grand Challenges involving races across the Nevada desert, and an Urban Challenge which involved more pedestrian driving (no pun intended).
The Google driverless car (bizarrely without a catchy name) uses a variety of video cameras, lasers, and radar to monitor the environment around it. It has previously been tested but only with a human driver ready to take over in case of a hardware or software failure.
Google plan to use all your new found free time while commuting to show you advertisements (probably).
Source: BBC News article