Google got approval to run its driverless cars within Nevada last year, but now the state has allowed Audi to run its driverless cars on the streets as well. This marks the first time an established carmaker has been given the authority to test its driverless cars on public roads.
Audi has long come across as a distant #2 compared with the driverless Google Cars. While Google made its name for putting driverless cars on parking lots, city streets and open highways, Audi seemed to keep its driverless TTS research car to controlled environments. While we should never scoff at Audi running up Pikes Peak without a human at the wheel, it's been Google leading the way since 2009.