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Digital license plate coming to car near you
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Digital license plate coming to car near you 

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There is yet another case where a car driving in “autopilot” mode crashed recently. This time it’s Tesla’s Model S. The car crashed into an unoccupied, parked police vehicle in Laguna Beach, California. The driver told investigators the Tesla was in “Autopilot” mode at the time.

Photos of the crash scene show extensive damage to the front end of the Tesla and the rear side of the police vehicle.

Autopilot is a semi-autonomous technology that Tesla says is a form of advanced cruise control. So, the car was in advanced cruise control mode when it hit the parked police car.

Digital license plates

With everything going digital these days, it would be so cool to have a digital license plate. That is what California governor Jerry Brown wanted to get going five years ago when he signed a legislation authorizing digital license plates to be sold in California. Now finally, these new digital display boards are hitting the streets.

Those who are opting to buy the digital plates can register their vehicles electronically and get rid of the need to physically place stickers on their license plates each year. This, of course, would save money for the state.

The digital plates come with their own computer chips, batteries, and wireless communication systems. They also may be able to display personal messages — if the DMV decides to allow that.

Dealerships are expected to sell the plates for $699, not including installation costs. Users also must pay a monthly fee of about $7.

YouTube and Teens

With the fall out with Facebook, teens are more interested than ever in YouTube.

A recent study conducted by Pew Research Center, reveals that 85 per cent of teenagers (ages 13–17) say they use the platform. Closely behind are Instagram (72 per cent) and Snapchat (69 per cent).

These findings indicate an ongoing trend among teenagers of moving away from platforms like Facebook in recent years. A 2015 report pointed to 71 per cent of teens who reported themselves as Facebook users; today, that number is around 51 per cent.

GrandPad

This is a neat device that can be used to keep in touch with your parents. Through a monthly subscription, they can get unlimited 4G LTE data, ad-free unlimited music. It comes with customizable security options, mobile access for caregivers and family and more.

Stay safe in the technology WRLWND.

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