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Nevada hands Google the first US licence for self-driving cars

A Toyota Prius modified with Google's experimental driverless technology was licensed by the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles. This was the first license issue in the United States for a self-driven car. License plates issued in Nevada for autonomous cars will have a red background and feature an infinity symbol.

English photographer Eadweard Muybridge dies

Eadweard Muybridge was an English photographer important for his pioneering work in photographic studies of motion, and early work in motion-picture projection. In 1878, he was hired by industrialist Leland Stanford to determine whether a galloping horse ever lifts all four feet completely off the ground. Muybridge took 24 photographs of a running horse in rapid succession and projected them on a device he had designed for displaying moving images.

The first pneumatic tire is patented

The first patent for what appears to be a standard pneumatic tire appeared in 1847, filed by the Scottish inventor Robert William Thomson. However, this never went into production. The first practical pneumatic tire was made by Scots-born John Boyd Dunlop, owner of one of Ireland's most prosperous veterinary practices.

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