The state of Nevada has issued a license plate giving Google's self-driving car the green light to travel along public roads.The modified Toyota Prius was issued a license bearing an infinity sign next to the left of number "001" after demonstrating its auto-pilot capabilities on highways, neighborhood streets and even the hectic "strip" in Las Vegas.The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles proclaimed the license the first for an autonomous vehicle in the United States.
Law enforcement agencies are increasingly using sophisticated cameras, called “automated license plate readers,” or ALPRs, to scan and record the license plates of millions of cars across the country. These cameras, mounted on top of patrol cars and on city streets, can scan up to 1,800 license plate per minute, day or night, allowing one squad car to record more than 14,000 plates during the course of a single shift.
By David Zanoni:I was stunned to see a blind man in the driver's seat of Google's (GOOG) self-driving car in this video. He never had to touch the steering wheel. The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles approved the use of the self-driving car back in May 2012.
It is increasingly likely that someone or something has recently taken a picture of your car's license plate. License plate readers are used in almost every state. They allow police to quickly spot everything from expired registrations to car owners who may be wanted for much more serious offenses. But they're also raising privacy concerns. Charlotte Albright of Vermont Public Radio reports.
Okay, so the license plates given to state legislators in Colorado aren’t actually magical, but they are invisible, at least on the state Dept. of Motor Vehicle database, thus allowing some scofflaw lawmakers (scofflawmakers?) to get out of hundreds of dollars in parking and speeding tickets.