Google Computer-Driven Prius from Ben Tseitlin on Vimeo.

Google’s new self-driving cars have already driven 1,000 miles on California roads.

To comply with local laws, the cars have two engineers in each. One sits in the driver’s seat, ready to act if things go bad. So far, there’s only been “human error.” That’s when someone rear-ended the car. Read more here.

Meanwhile, Liquid Robotics won this year’s Innovation Award in the robotics category for an unmanned boat, the “Wave Glider,” that needs no batteries, propellers or pumps. It’s propelled by ocean wave power. BP used two of them this summer to monitor water quality near the well that spewed millions of oil into the Gulf. These boats can be directed with pre-programmed routes.

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