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    • Driverless Car Goes 300,000 Miles Without An Accident

      (Photo courtesy RideStory.com)

      Google has been testing the technology of self-driving cars for a few years, actually going out on the roads of Nevada at speeds up to 70 MPH, and with no human intervention. And astonishingly, the fleet has zero accidents in the 300,000 miles the cars have driven. (Normally, correct grammar would require me to write "...the cars have been driven", but in this case, it's the cars themselves doing the driving!)

      You could sit in the passenger seat and relax...these cars feature sensors that can track pedestrians, understand traffic lights, and even merge at highway speeds.

      California governor Jerry Brown has signed state legislation that will pave the way for driverless cars, signing the bill after he travelled to Google headquarters in a self-driving Toyota Prius to show his full support for the new technology. The law will establish safety and performance regulations to test and operate driverless vehicles on California’s roads.

      “Today we’re looking at science fiction becoming tomorrow’s reality—the self-driving car,” Mr. Brown told journalists gathered to witness the historic moment for smart cars. “Anyone who gets inside a car and finds out the car is driving will be a little skittish, but they’ll get over it.”

      It's questionable whether people will get used to the idea of autonomous cars soon, but Google believes that it will take less than 10 years until the first self-driving vehicles will be available on the market. Car manufacturers such as Audi, Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Ford have been working on autonomous car technology for years.

      Read the entire article at RideStory.com.

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    • A Classic License Plate To Match Your Classic Vehicle

      1955 California License Plate

      So you're working on restoring a 1955 Chevy Bel Air. You've got every detail down, from the gold "Bel Air" name script to the chrome spears on the front fenders. But there's one element that just doesn’t look right. The only 1955 license plate you could find is so rusted and pitted, it actually looks like it's 57 years old!

      But if you live in California, you soon may be able to get a brand-spankin' new license plate that replicates the state's plates of that particular era.

      A bill currently on Governor Jerry Brown's desk (A.B. 1658) would require California's Department of Motor Vehicles to create and issue a series of specialized license plates that replicate plates from the state's past. It would bring a retro look to modern license plates by allowing consumers to choose from one of three classic designs from the 1950s-1960s (black lettering on a yellow background or yellow lettering on a black background) and 1970s-1980s (yellow lettering on a blue background).

      It would give consumers new options as to what sort of license plate to use on their vehicles, and provide classic car collectors a risk-free way to acquire plates that match the vintage of their vehicles.

      SEMA suggests contacting the governor with your input, requesting his support for A.B 1658.

      Mailing address:
      Governor Jerry Brown
      c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
      Sacramento, CA 95814
      Phone:
      (916) 445-2841
      Fax:
      (916) 558-3160
      To send an electronic message to the Governor Brown, click here.

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