Imagine flying into Las Vegas and renting a self-driving car that zips you around the Strip and anywhere else you want to go? That fantasy may not be so far off.
Nevada just issued the first autonomous vehicle testing license in the U.S. to Google. The state's Department of Motor Vehicles announced Monday that the adapted Prius developed by Google in 2010 was tested on freeways, in neighborhoods around Carson City and even on the Las Vegas Strip before the license was granted. The license plate will have a red background and an infinity symbol on the left side.
"I felt using the infinity symbol was the best way to represent the 'car of the future,' " DMV Director Bruce Breslow said in a statement Monday.
Nevada in June had written rules governing autonomous vehicles after the state passed pioneering legislation to authorize the cars. Here's what L.A. Times reporter Tiffany Hsu wrote at the time: