Electronic Licence Plates
Electronic Licence plates or Digital Display Licence Plates are already in use in California and are just launching in Dubai. It is a digital identification sign mounted on the vehicle that can track location and be used for digital monitoring services via a WiFi signal.
It is claimed that Electronic Licence Plates are more efficient in lowering crime and costs. The plates look like a regular plate, but with an electronic plate the display can be amended to show other messages. For instance to identify that a licence fee hasn’t been paid or that a vehicle is stolen. They also have the potential to be used to pay any road tolls and parking charges.
The electronic license plate can offer additional features as compared to the traditional license plate. The plates may function as more than just an identification sign
- Information – In accordance with privacy regulations, one may reference information from an electronic license plate only for legal purposes. Very specific information can be acquired dynamically via a remote vehicle’s plate and this could be as specific as the vehicle’s speed and position. Such information is useful for patrolling highways, to reduce speed violations, and to increase safety. Simpler information such as the vehicle identification number (VIN), registration expiration date, proof of insurance, and legal ownership records could be displayed digitally on the plate’s screen or be viewed using a remote device.
- Prepaid services – Electronic license plates allow certain transportation-related fees and services to be prepaid digitally and updated automatically. Vehicle registration is the primary service that can be renewed instantly. Parking permits can also be associated with the electronic license plate and can be monitored remotely. Toll fees can be prepaid because the license plate can communicate with the global positioning system (GPS) to set up routes, calculate the cost of travel, and send the signal for payment as it passes through a toll booth.
- Security – Because they can reduce the chances of a criminal fleeing a scene if a vehicle is in an accident or associated with a crime, electronic license plates can improve security. In these situations, the plate would emit a signal of collision or crime, directly identifying the vehicle’s involvement. If not identified at the scene, the license plate holds the information in memory and displays a digital alert. The advanced technology in electronic license plates enables surveillance tools to automatically receive a clear signal with robust information instead of attempting, after the fact, to capture a potentially distorted image.
Are the plates a privacy concern?
There are concerns about privacy and security. This is because the plate has built-in GPS chips which makes it easier for authorities to track a person’s car, or number plate and identify the location of an individual and also monitor things like speed. While the ability to track a vehicle wirelessly may be ideal for fleet owners the individual driver may not be too happy about this.
Security-wise there are concerns that the plates could be targeted by hackers but producers of the registration plates say that they have developed cyber security systems that offer security similar to that used for online banking.
What about the UK?
DVLA say that there are currently no plans in place to introduce digital number plates in Britain. There are already ways of monitoring car taxation online and there is no longer the requirement to display a tax disc. Plus there is a large network of ANPR cameras across the UK and DVLA have said they are happy that our current system is effective.
So it seems they are not likely to come to the UK anytime soon but how do you feel about a digital licence plate?
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