The mundane vehicle license plate, along with the windshield wiper a virtually unchanged vestige from the dawn of the automobile, is in the midst of a 21st-century makeover. Several companies are applying digital technology to what has long been just a slab of metal, in hopes of making it cheaper to update your vehicle’s registration — and turning it into a portal to the connected world. Such changes benefit the vehicle owner as well as state motor vehicle regulators, according to Reviver Auto, a company in Foster City, California, that has developed technology to swap old-fashioned stamped plates for digital screens. “This is not about a license plate,” Reviver’s chief executive, Neville Boston, said. “It’s about connection. With a digital plate, you can be all connected in just one place.” Reviver Auto’s RPlate can be validated via cellular signal when registration fees are paid, saving a state the cost of postage and materials … [Read more...] about The ordinary license plate’s days may be numbered
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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s automakers association (JAMA) on Friday criticized moves by the United States to explore the possibility of raising tariffs on Japanese auto exports, saying that they could have a negative impact on U.S. customers and the vehicle industry. FILE PHOTO: Akio Toyoda, president of Toyota Motor Corporation, announces the "e-Palette", a new fully self-driving electric concept vehicle designed to be used for ride hailing, parcel delivery services and other uses at CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Rick Wilking “The investigation launched by the United States Department of Commerce to determine the effects on national security of imports of automobiles ... will create uncertainty among automobile users in the U.S. and people involved in the motor vehicle industry,” Akio Toyoda, chairman of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association and president of Toyota Motor Corp said in a statement. Washington late last month … [Read more...] about Japan automaker lobby slams possibility of U.S. auto tariffs
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?
Mr. and Mrs. Warren of 2107 S.E. Gabler Street were in search of a new car. In early 1934, the Topeka, Kansas couple went to the Mosby-Mack Motor Company to see the latest automobiles on offer. It didn’t take long for the brand spanking new Ford Fordor Deluxe to catch their eye. Painted a sleek Cordoba Gray and equipped with comfortable seats and handsome bumper guards, Ruth Warren liked how it looked. Outfitted with the most enviable engine on the market—the lean, mean, mass-produced V8 driving machine—her husband, Jesse Warren, liked how it moved. And though the Great Depression was raging, the couple decided the price tag (approximately $700, or about $14,000 in today’s dollars) was alright, too. The good times didn’t roll for long, however. A little more than a month later, on April 29, 1934, while Ruth was helping care for her sister’s sick child, someone stole the prized automobile right out of the Warren’s driveway. When it was returned … [Read more...] about Bonnie and Clyde’s getaway car has hidden lessons for cops in the self-driving vehicle era
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