Google issued first license to test driverless cars

By on May 8, 2012 at 11:15 PM.

Google issued first license to test driverless cars

Google issued license to test driverless cars in Nevada

Nevada is the first state to grant Google a U.S. license to test driverless cars. The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles confirmed on Monday that it had approved the company’s application to test autonomous vehicles on public streets. Google will be required to have at least two people in the vehicle while testing it, however, including one in the driver’s seat. Prior to being approved, the Mountain View-based company had been testing the car on freeways in neighborhoods around Carson City and Las Vegas, according to Fox News. The tests showed the car was just as safe, if not safer, than cars operated by human drivers. “It gets honked at more often because it’s being safe,” said Nevada DMV Director Bruce Breslow. The driverless vehicles will be required to wear red license plates that contain an infinity symbol, which the DMV says represents their status as “the car of the future.” If testing goes as planned and the vehicles are ever used by the general public, the license plates will be green. “They’re designed to avoid distracted driving,” Breslow said. “When you’re on the Strip and there’s a huge truck with a three scantily clad women on the side, the car only sees a box.” More →

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Unannounced BlackBerry 10 devices revealed by developer phone

By on May 7, 2012 at 12:50 PM.

Unannounced BlackBerry 10 devices revealed by developer phone

Unannounced BlackBerry 10 devices revealed

A number of unannounced devices currently being developed by Research In Motion have been revealed by the alpha software included on the developer preview phone the vendor distributed last week. BlackBerry watcher N4BB┬ádiscovered a number of code-names referencing unannounced BlackBerry devices in RIM’s BlackBerry 10 alpha software, several of which are expected to run the Waterloo, Ontario-based vendor’s next-generation BlackBerry 10 operating system when they launch in the future. Among the devices referenced are the Colt, RIM’s developer phone that will not be made available to the public, and the London, which is expected to launch in October as the first BlackBerry 10 phone. Other devices referenced in RIM’s BlackBerry 10 alpha code are the┬áBlackforest, thought to be a 10-inch PlayBook tablet, as well as the Nevada, Naples and Nashville, all thought to be upcoming BlackBerry 10 smartphones. More →

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