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.
In an effort to ease traffic conditions and reduce air pollution, China's northern municipality of Tianjin is imposing a quota on new car license plates, according to Xinhua. On Sunday, the day before the city imposed its restrictions on car license plates, residents rushed to the used car market. Amy Yuan Zhuang, Senior Analyst at Nordea Markets, tweeted this image characterizing it as "panic" buying.
Owners of the BMW (OTMKTS:BAMXY) i3 electric city car have secured an edge, a Tesla-like edge, in the most populous Chinese city of Shanghai. The city’s authorities have agreed to offer free license plates and registration for i3 owners – an incentive worth $12,000.
The first free license plate for a BMW i3 was handed out Tuesday, January 6, the company confirmed in an email to Bloomberg.
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.