SAN FRANCISCO — At a glance, they look like a sleeker version of the traditional California license plate: 6 by 12 inches with a sequence of letters and numbers printed in a blocky font. But the new digital screens that will be appearing on cars throughout the state next month are far removed from the typical metal placards. “Think about it like this: The difference between a flip phone and a smartphone is vast,” said Neville Boston, co-founder and CEO of Reviver Auto, the Foster City company that makes the Rplates. The plates, he says, are the auto industry’s answer to smartphone technology. Smooth and reflective, the tablets display a license plate number when the car is moving and become a customized billboard when it’s parked. The devices could be used to automatically pay for parking and bridge tolls, and track a vehicle if it’s stolen. They could also eliminate the need for registration stickers. In short, they seem perfectly tailored for a … [Read more...] about California’s digital license plates: road to convenience or invasion of privacy?
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When automobiles first appeared on public roads in the early 20th century, there were few regulations—and lots of crashes. The powers that be had to determine how to safely integrate motor vehicles with horses, trolleys, and pedestrians sharing crowded city streets.In the book The Law of Automobiles, published in 1906, author and attorney Xenophon P. Huddy helped policymakers by defining new concepts such as speeding and proper signaling. A section titled “Law Keeps Up with Improvement and Progress” described cars as “a new contrivance for transportation purposes,” and it sounds prescient when viewed against today’s quandary of how to regulate self-driving car technology and assimilate robo-taxis into existing traffic.Jump forward a century to when Google in 2010 revealed it had covered more than 100,000 miles testing its early autonomous vehicles (AVs) in California, and there were no regulations against self-driving cars on public roads. As with … [Read more...] about Robo Rules: The State of Autonomous Vehicle Regulations
The doors rolled up, spilling morning light into the manufacturer’s garage at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch. There, in the shadows, sat 10 perfectly unique McLaren 570S supercars, their curves catching the sun and splashing it back at their owners. Applause erupted, cutting through the cool, still desert air as the small crowd rushed forward, phones held high to capture the moment. It was the culmination of two years of work, practice, and patience. The finishing flourish to an idea born from a desire to pay tribute to the brand’s motorsports heritage, designed to allow McLaren Special Operations (MSO) a chance to stretch its legs.The brand’s in-house customization team, MSO, wields surprising autonomy. With its own dedicated design and engineering resources, the group can execute anything from unique paint and interior details to complete bespoke vehicles. Or, in this case, 10 of them. The MSO X, as the cars are called, began as a request from a dealership: … [Read more...] about Senna lite: We drive 1 of the 10 McLaren 570S MSO X supercars
Let’s start with the caveats. The annual reports on autonomous testing in California required by the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles are far from a perfect measure of any company’s self-driving competence.These reports, including the latest batch, released last week, provide some fresh details on the circumstances surrounding when and why a self-driving system is disengaged during testing. What they don’t offer is much context. Using only these reports, it can be problematic to make comparisons of autonomous progress, because one company’s low number of disengagements may occur during testing on empty highways, while another company’s high number may have occurred during testing in busy urban areas.Comparisons are problematic because some companies place more value on testing in real-world scenarios while others put more emphasis on simulation, and sometimes engineers might be purposely disengaging to validate their systems. Some companies … [Read more...] about What We Can Learn about Autonomous Progress from California Disengagement Reports
Everyone worries about the wind. They cast their glances out the open garage doors and into the early morning black toward the sound as it whips its way across the Nevada desert, a thin moon and a scattering of stars the only light to be seen. It’s quiet inside. Christian von Koenigsegg, owner, founder, and CEO of Koenigsegg, pries his eyes from those dark gusts and gets back to conferring with his driver, Niklas Lilja. The two aim to put their mark on history at dawn by claiming a record that’s stood for nearly 80 years: the fastest speed over a flying kilometer on a public road.It’s easy to dismiss cars like the Agera RS as elements of obscene fantasy, machines that exist entirely in the theoretical, their capabilities relegated to spreadsheets and simulations. Rare is the moment when they make that breach into reality.“It’s something we’ve been dreaming of doing for many years,” von Koenigsegg says, “but we’ve just not found a … [Read more...] about The Book of Acts: The Tale of the World-Record-Setting Koenigsegg Agera RS Speed Run