Steve Jobs Hated License Plates
We’re guessing it had something to do with messy design…by Jonathan Lopez, on
Six years ago, Steve Jobs passed away at 56 years of age. As the co-founder of Apple, Jobs was known as an innovator and inventor, playing no small part in ushering in such iconic products as the iMac, iPod, iPhone, and iPad. But in addition to turning the tech world on its head, Steve Jobs was also known for never running any license plates on his car. As the story goes, Jobs took advantage of a California DMV loophole that enabled new cars to forgo adding plates for six months after purchase. Essentially, Jobs would lease a new Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG twice a year, which basically meant he’d never need to mount license plates. Ever.
Pretty clever, eh? While some of you out there might be tempted to copy this small act of vehicular shenaniganry, you’ll only have a few years to enjoy it, as the loophole will close as of 2019 following new legislation. Either way, it’s an interesting little factoid on the automotive habits of one of the tech world’s giants. Which leaves us wondering – if Apple ever gets around to finally making its own all-electric autonomous vehicle, will it need plates as well?
Read our full review on the Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG.
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