One of our readers was taking his daughter to the DMV for her driver's test (she passed!) when he noticed these personalized license plate options: ones for 'driverless' and 'requires a driver' autonomous cars. I think these are the first plates of their kind in the US.

The design of the plates plays up the techno-world-of-tomorrow reality of robot cars, using a slightly more techy geometric/bold/sans-serif typeface for "NEVADA." It's especially striking when compared against the fuzzy-letter-iron-on look of the Cooper Black text on the plate next to it, with the puppies and kittens.

The plate also sports a stylized infinity symbol, which looks remarkably like the Mario Kart 8 logo. It looks like you're only allowed five characters for your autonomous car's personalized plate, which is really pretty limited. You can't do ROBOCAR, CARBOT, SELFDRV, or anything like that. I guess you could do ROBOT, HAL9K, or maybe NODVR.

I'm not really clear why the infinity symbol was chosen for this — it sort of has a scientific/technological connotation, I guess, and maybe an autonomous car could get caught in an infinite loop?



I wonder if you have to have proof your car is autonomous, or could you get one of these plates for your '79 Dart?

(Thanks, Jamie!)