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Fri Jan 25, 2019, 03:21 AM

Coming soon to your car: Digital License Plates





DO YOU NEED A DIGITAL LICENSE PLATE? ONE STARTUP THINKS SO

Wired | 1/21/19 | Alex Davies

IF YOU DON’T believe your car is just a big, high-speed gadget, take a moment to count the screens. You might find one in the place of the old analog instrument cluster. Definitely in the center console, maybe even one bigger than an iPad. Don’t forget to look in the back of the headrests.

Now you can add one more screen to your ride—if you don’t mind having to get out to see it. At the tail end of 2018, Michigan approved Public Act 656, making electronic license plates legal.

Yes, the stubbornly unchanging, unconnected rectangles that have been identifying cars for well over a century are finally getting a new look. The makeover, which comes courtesy of Silicon Valley startup Reviver Auto, is an Amazon Kindle–like display that bolts onto the front or back of the car, and does more than just show the standard plate number and state-celebrating miscellany. It lets you update the registration stickers on your car through an app instead of dealing with the DMV. It can display Amber alerts. It can be used as a miniature, knee-level billboard (when the car is parked). If someone steals the car, it can read “$NDHLP!” or the more serious “Stolen Vehicle.” It can double as your E-Z Pass, FasTrak, or whatever RFID-based device you use to pay tolls. It can track your car’s location, so you can keep tabs on your teenager. “It’s a platform that supports a lot of different functionality,” says Reviver cofounder and CEO Neville Boston. “I see it less as a license plate and more as a communication portal.”

Digital displays have been allowed in California as part of a pilot program since last summer; Texas and Florida also permit them. Reviver hasn’t moved into those last two states yet, but Boston wants to have his product in six states by the end of the year, and is also looking to offer it in Canada and Dubai. His company dominates this market—when the California DMV asked for bids so it could offer this system, Reviver was the only bidder, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Reviver’s plates, though, don’t come cheap. Deliveries won’t start until the spring, but you can preorder the basic RPlate for $499, or drop $799 on the RPlate Pro, which has more advanced telematics features. (They will also be sold in places like Autonation shops.) Those prices include the first year’s $99 subscription fee—after that, you’ll be asked for an extra $8 or so per month to cover the LTE connection...https://www.wired.com/story/digital-license-plates/

“I see it less as a license plate and more as a communication portal," says Reviver cofounder and CEO Neville Boston. REVIVER AUTO



Will we be able to sell ads to show during stop and go traffic?

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Response to Aquila (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2019, 05:46 AM

1. yet another way for Big Brother to keep tabs on you

 

If I ever got a car with Onstar the first thing I would do is disable it.

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Response to freedumb2003 (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 25, 2019, 08:12 AM

2. Why doesn't big brother just use EZPass token? Why do we need license plates?

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Response to Troll2 (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 25, 2019, 10:37 AM

4. In CA there are no meaningful EZPass

 

As with much of the USA.

It is why movies and TV shows don't use "*69" -- that doesn't exist in L.A.

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Response to freedumb2003 (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 25, 2019, 10:42 AM

5. But a RF tag is cheap compared with what is essentially a computer display

Ultimately, the car should have just one radio that talks to all the infrastructure, including police receivers.

A visual display seems archaic.

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Response to Troll2 (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 25, 2019, 10:43 AM

6. Big Brother has many channels

 

No reason to provide more.

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Response to Aquila (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2019, 10:23 AM

3. No more being stopped for having a license plate light out...

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