Google Is Now Testing Its Autonomous Cars in Austin, Texas

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Until now, Google has largely tested its cars on real roads around around Mountain View. But its autonomous Lexus SUVs are now cruising the roads of Austin, Texas too.

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After gaining permission from Texas Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Department of Transportation and local police, Google’s announced that one of its self-driving vehicles is now traversing “a few square miles north and northeast of downtown Austin.” The cars still carry a safety drivers, an important feature as the cars get used to driving around in new surroundings, and Google points out that it’s already taking on “Austin’s pedicabs, pickup trucks, and everything in between.”

[Google and Houston Chronicle via Engadget]

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Thats texas for you. Can’t buy a tesla, but we will give you a crap ton of grants and tax incentives to bring california’s tech here.