​Google Wanted To Keep Secrets About Its Self-Driving Cars

We've moved beyond the geewhizOMG phase of autonomous cars and into the dirty, nasty, contentious world of legislation and regulation. The California DMV has issued its rules that Google (and others) have to abide by, and with that fight over, now we know what the crew from Mountain View wanted to hide. » 8/21/14 8:00pm 8/21/14 8:00pm

The Most Retro-Futuristic DMV in America

In 1979, two artists covered a Southern California building with futuristic murals. They painted moon motorcycles, high-tech highways, and spaceships that would look right at home in Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. But as delightfully retro-futuristic as the building is on the outside, what happens inside may… » 3/06/14 3:02pm 3/06/14 3:02pm

Volkswagen XL1 At Katie's Cars And Coffee: December 7th, 2013

I debated not going to Katie's this morning since the turnout has dwindled due to the cold weather, however I knew Volkswagen HQ had both a Veyron and an XL1 on hand this week. I decided to come on the chance an XL1 did appear, despite my being told that it almost certainly would not come. Much to my delight, VW… » 12/07/13 4:51pm 12/07/13 4:51pm

Indiana Now Has An LGBT License Plate But It Wasn't Easy

Indiana, like many states, lets you pick from a variety of specialized license plates that highlight some personal interest of yours, like a noted vampire hunter or your love of driving tiny cars. Indiana Youth Group, an LGBT support organization, wanted to offer a plate as well, but their efforts were repeatedly… » 6/03/13 3:19pm 6/03/13 3:19pm

The Kansas DMV Will Still Let You Get A RIMJOB And Other Banned License…

Kansas released their 1800-combination list of banned personalized license plates, and it makes for a surprisingly fascinating read. It sort of like what you might get if you locked your prudish grandmother in a room with Tosh.0 playing for 12 hours. Lots of indignant rage, but not a whole lot of understanding. How… » 11/12/12 2:00pm 11/12/12 2:00pm

Should You Bother Obscuring Your License Plates In Photos?

If you're reading this now, there's great chance that you spend far too many of your waking hours looking at pictures of cars online. Which means you've probably noticed that many of those images have their license tags obscured in some way. Being the inquisitive (likely) mammal that you are, you've probably wondered… » 9/11/12 3:00pm 9/11/12 3:00pm

Virginia DMV Revokes 'F OSAMA' License Plate

As far as can be told, the Virginia DMV personalized license plate division seems to be staffed by Puritanical orangutans with shame-addled filthy minds. They've had many grand victories in the past, from the simply humorless to actively calling a soccer mom a disgusting pervert. This time, they're taking Rick… » 4/26/12 2:00pm 4/26/12 2:00pm