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But it may take a while before you see one in the wild

Automakers can now start testing fully driverless cars on California's roads. According to the state DMV's new regulations that became effective on April 2nd, it can now issue three types of autonomous vehicle testing permits. The first kind is the original one it approved years ago, which needs a driver behind the wheel, while the other two could pave the way for the release of Level 4 to 5 autonomous vehicles. See, the second type of permit it can dole out will allow automakers to test fully d

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Lyft joins Uber, Tesla, Apple, Subaru, Samsung and others in getting the permit.

Uber has had its permit since March.

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Regulators want to know if the company formerly known as Otto has been testing illegally.

Uber says the trucks only test driver assist tech in California.

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Apple seems to be interested in autonomous tech, not building their own car.

The company will be using the 2015 Lexus RX540h as a test car.

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We've gone through every state DMV website to find you a way to show your green site.

We've collected the environmental and conservation license plates from all across the US. Turns out, not every state offers plates like these.

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After a two-year pre-order program, the first batch of new black-and-gold California license plates in nearly 50 years are making their way to drivers. The tags start at $50 and can be ordered for any car, motorcycle, commercial vehicle, or trailer.

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Connecticut is the latest state to decide that the Polaris Slingshot is not a motorcycle and therefore can't be registered for the road there. It appears that the only solution is for Polaris to go to the legislature to create a separate designation for vehicles like its three-wheeler.

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Texas might be known for the independent spirit of its people and for long stretches of high-speed open road, but prospective buyers of the Polaris Slingshot need to look elsewhere for their three-wheeled thrills. The state's Department of Motor Vehicles says that the sporty models cannot be registered there because they don't meet the definition of a motorcycle.

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A Queens, New York couple is furious after the driver who ran over and killed their three-year-old daughter last year had the two citations stemming from the incident dismissed by a judge at the DMV in July. The family only recently learned about the lack of punishment in their little girl's death.

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California hands out its license plates differently than some other states. As opposed to the tag being associated with the owner and switching whenever the vehicle is sold; the plate belongs to the car and remains for its life in the Golden State. Over the decades, the Department of Motor Vehicles there has redesigned its plates going from black-over-yellow during some of the 1950s to yellow-over-black and eventually yellow-over-blue through the '70s and early '80s. We thought it was pretty coo

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Back in June, we reported on the case of 16-year-old Chase Culpepper, a gender-nonconforming teen from South Carolina who was told that he had to remove his makeup – his "disguise," as the DMV employees called it – before being able to take his license picture. Now, he's suing the SCDMV in federal court through the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund.

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It's so easy to make fun of the Department of Motor Vehicles in the United States. Whenever folks return from renewing a license or getting new plates, everybody has a joke making fun of the long lines, prolonged waits or bored employees. But it looks like we in the US have it easy compared to the Japanese. Journalist Jacob M. Schlesinger recently chronicled the bureaucratic hell involved for an American to get a driver's license there on The Wall Street Journal Japan Realtime blog.

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Like so many people around the country, 16-year-old Chase Culpepper of South Carolina is preparing for a fight with the Department of Motor Vehicles. Culpeper's case, though, is more troubling than the norm.

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If you live in California and were planning on buying a new MV Agusta, we're afraid we've got some bad news for you. The Italian manufacturer has lost its license to sell its motorcycles in the Golden State.

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Residents of California now have one more reason to dislike the Department of Motor Vehicles, thanks to a potential security breach with the its credit card processing systems. The warning came from unnamed "law enforcement authorities" as part of a press release from the DMV, which you can view below.

Ten-year-old turned on the car and switched it into neutral

Police charged a ten-year-old girl with careless driving after she put her mother's SUV into neutral, causing it to careen through a Department of Motor Vehicles office window in Parker, Colo.

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Vanity plates are a great way to test a state's limits on freedom of expression, which makes them good kindling for lawsuits. The latest license litigation comes from Michigan, where the American Civil Liberties Union has brought suit on behalf of a plaintiff against the state for rejecting the plate "WAR SUX."

Man must prove he is not a danger on the road

A Nebraska man must prove he is not a danger on the road after an anonymous tipster reported him to the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Applicants looking for a commercial driver's license paid for answers

Employees at the New York Department of Motor Vehicles were caught accepting bribes in exchange for answers and surrogate test takers, according to police.

Privacy concerns follow close behind new legislation

The California State Senate has just approved a bill to create a pilot electronic license plates program. The program, the first of it's kind in the US, would affect less than one percent of drivers over four years.