Google’s tiny self-driving cars are coming to Austin

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Google is expanding the testing of its self-driving cars to Austin, Texas. These aren’t the retrofitted Lexus SUVs that have been in Austin since July, we’re talking about the tiny, adorable prototypes that Google unveiled back in 2014. The expansion marks the first time that these prototypes will be tested outside of Silicon Valley.

Texas doesn’t have any legislation on the books that allows the testing of autonomous vehicles (Nevada, Florida, California, and Michigan are the only ones that do), but Google worked with the governor, Austin’s mayor and police chief, and the Texas Department of Transportation in order to start testing its self-driving Lexuses there this summer. That groundwork helped pave the way for this next round of…

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