Nevada grants Audi autonomous-vehicle license
German automaker is the third company to get the OK for testing in the state.
Audi said it would test an A7, but did not state what new technologies it would be testing, or when or where in the state it would begin to use the vehicle.
The company probably will release further details later this week at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Audi is the first and only automaker to receive such a license.
Three weeks earlier, automotive supplier Continental received an autonomous-vehicle license, several months after Google received the very first such license. Google has so far run more than 300,000 miles on public roads with a fleet of Toyota Prius and Lexus RX vehicles.
Nevada was the first state to create an autonomous-vehicle license -- along with a full suite of regulations and special red plates -- early last year. In September, California approved a similar law to allow autonomous vehicles to operate in the state. Both states require licensed drivers to remain in the cars at all times. Nevada requires a manufacturer to prove its autonomous vehicles have been road-tested for at least 10,000 miles and that there is an explicit safety plan should the systems fail.
Audi successfully raced an autonomous TTS in the 2010 Pikes Peak Hill Climb in Colorado. We're requesting Audi's documentation to the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles to see what else the automaker has in store.
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