Digital License Plates are a thing now, what you need to know
A handful of States in the United States have contacted with a company called Reviver Auto to use new digital license plates. They have a few features beyond your traditional stamped metal license plates. The chief difference is that instead of costing around $50 for a typical stamped metal plate, these go for $499 for basic, or $799 “pro”.
- Internet connected
- Can have personalized messages
- Advanced “telematics” which is a fancy way to say these can track your movements; which may be desirable if you have a fleet of commercial vehicles.
- RPlate Pro Beyond your initial purchase and your first year on the road, you’ll pay $100 per year, or about $8.33 per month, for the smartphone-connected service that allows geofencing, LoJack-esque vehicle tracking in the event of theft, toll payment and more.
Currently coming to the following 8 states by the end of 2019:
- California – already on the roads
- Arizona – order-able on the Reviver Auto website
- Michigan – The Michigan legislature has passed a bill (Public Act 656 of 2018)
- Washington State
Also available in Dubai, UAE so this concept is now fully international as well.
How it is supposed to work:
Here at Skynet is real, we ponder the worst in technology.
We question the long term security that these new digital license plates have to offer.
- Since these license plates are actually assembled outside of the United States, Taiwan to be precise, what happens if these are intercepted, or counterfit like many high tech goods are in Asia before they land into their final destination country?
- Samsung’s Harmon Division is now a partner – https://www.reviverauto.com/news/post/reviver-partners-with-harman-to-co-develop-global-software-platform-development-for-the-world-s-first-digital-license-plate
1) Thief’s change the plate while driving so it’s easier to get away when they deactivate the GPS part of it.
2) Soon we will be deciding between the paid version for $500 or the reduced price with contract for 2 years that based on GPS and improvement in driver-less cars… at every stoplight you provide an ad to the person behind you.
3) Your employer doesn’t have enough surveillance on you currently and its borderline illegal to require regular employees to have GPS monitoring on their cars. However for a future boatload of money a month your employer can literally track your every movement. (Some employers can tell you how long you were in the bathroom based on rfid stuff and the billion badge in and out of rooms, etc. So not far fetched).
3) We get some minority report stuff up in this and the police use it as a way to short your car when driving through a known rough area to catch the assumed guilty until you can prove innocence.
4) Car insurance companies buy data off your driving patterns so they can factor into their actuary analysis. Kinda like the progressive snapshot thing the plug into your cigarette light. Your insurance goes up with every hard brake, jack rabbit acceleration start, rolling stop and too sharp of a turn.
5) Criminals ride around with a software copy of an innocent persons car registered digital plate commit crime and change it to something else but not prior to reporting a tip with seeing the plate at x location aka the house of the innocent person.
6) Especially coupled with state sale of your GPS speed data to insurance, let alone any mailed tickets for speeding
7) IRS mileage rates.