Google trying driverless car in Austin, latest testing site

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Google Inc. has chosen Texas as the latest testing site for its self-driving car project.

The company on Tuesday announced a Lexus SUV has hit the road in Austin, with safety drivers on board.

A Google statement says the driverless car will operate a few square miles north and northeast of downtown Austin.

Google has several dozen self-driving cars being tested on streets in Mountain View, California, where the company is based.

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The vehicles use special software and sensors, which can detect objects as far as two football fields away in all directions.

Google in 2013 announced the company picked tech-savvy Austin for wiring homes with ultra-fast Internet connections as part of Google Fiber.