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Google gets green light for car that drives itself

Google's self-driven cars will soon be appearing on Nevada roads after the US state approved the nation's first autonomous vehicle licence.

THE move came after motoring department officials rode along on drives - including a trip along the famous Las Vegas Strip.

The cars rely on video cameras, radar sensors, lasers and a database of information collected from manually driven cars to help navigate, according to the company.

The licensed car is a Toyota Prius that Google modified with its experimental driver-less technology, developed by Stanford professor and Google Vice President Sebastian Thrun.

Autonomous vehicles are the "car of the future," Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles director Bruce Breslow said. The state also has plans to eventually licence autonomous vehicles owned by the members of the public.

Legislation to regulate autonomous cars is being considered in other states, including Google's home state of California.