Our License Plates Are Going Digital — What To Expect

Digital License Plate by Reviver | Credit: Reviver.com/rplate
Color Code Tech by Airplate | Credit: TheAirplate.com

What are the potential pros and cons to having these new digital license plates?

PROS:

  • Automatic tag renewals can be done as simple as paying online, your digital license plate updates automatically and instantaneously.
  • No long waits at your local DMV.
  • Autonomous self-driving vehicles could display “Autonomous” or a special designated color to let drivers know which vehicles are being driven by AI, or by actual people.
  • Creating a custom license plate could be as simple as typing it into a mobile app.
  • Instead of a police officer taking a risk walking up to your car window, a digital license plate could possess the capability of “zapping” it to the police officer directly to their onboard computer. Improved safety and faster way to transmit the information that police officer would need to run a quick background check.
  • Automatic Tag Theft Reporting.
  • Pay tolls automatically via your digital license plate. Stress-free driving and reduces congestion on the highway.
  • Amber Alerts could be displayed on the tags. If a missing report gets filed or if your child is missing, rest at ease there’s a better way to find the person-at-large. These plates are much more visible with LED technology that display much better in both day and night in comparison to standard plates.
  • Digital license plates would likely contain their own on-board battery which could work efficiently for several years before another battery replacement is required.
  • DMV’s could operate more efficiently. State businesses would save more money by not having to mail license plates and tag renewals through the mail to millions of drivers.
  • “Animated Turn Signal” could accompany your standard turn signal, making you much more visible to drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.
  • Digital License Plates could display “STOLEN CAR” or “STOLEN TAG” on the plate once it has been reported, making it easy for authorities to pull the suspect over, as well as finding your stolen vehicle or tag much faster than current methods — making criminals think twice about committing a crime.
  • Parking Meter Integration: Tags could possibly display a timer that sync’s with parking meters, displaying a countdown of how long that car will be parked in a specific spot.
  • Monetization? No talks about it yet, but imagine if consumers could monetize and earn money by displaying city-driven ads while cars are stopped at a red light or while it’s parked? It hasn’t been spoken of, but I wouldn’t doubt this becomes a possibility. It would certainly entice people to switch to digital license plates and ditch their old-fashioned standard plates.
  • Digital license plates could record telemetric data, such as your mileage, how fast you’re going etc. In one turn of the coin, this could link with car insurance companies and perhaps provide you savings on your car insurance plan, but being tracked makes people uneasy — plus, if you’re having an off-day, that data that’s being recorded could backfire. This isn’t a current option of any of the plates mentioned above, but more of an idea.
  • Is one’s personal data sold and is it stored securely? That’s a major concern and likely the biggest one. Police could simply use data to trace your location at any given second. Indeed, some legislature would be necessary to prevent this from happening and who would have access to this kind of information.
  • Cyber-attacks or hackable plates are a major concern. Imagine a network of tags displaying something completely irrelevant to your actual license plate numbers?

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Rudy Triana

Rudy Triana

Financial Expert & Tech Writer for The Monetizer