Electronic License Plates For California By Smart Plate Mobile

The California State Senate has now approved a bill to create the nation's first electronic license plate. The intent is to have what amounts to an LED screen that receives wireless updates, created by Smart Plate Mobile.

In an example shown by a South Carolina vendor, messages such as “STOLEN,” “EXPIRED,” or something similar could also be displayed on a license plate.

The bill’s language says that for now, the program would be limited to a “pilot program” set to be completed no later than January 1, 2017.

“The pilot program shall be limited to no more than 0.5 percent of registered vehicles for the purpose of road testing and evaluation,” the bill states.

Other states, including South Carolina and New Jersey, also have similar bills in progress.

This development was predicted by Daniel Suarez in his truly excellent 2009 novel Daemon:

Gragg motioned with one black-gloved hand... Gragg's digital ink license plates flicked from California to Oregon vanity tags that read GECCO...
(Read more about digital ink license plates)

See California Vehicle Code via ArsTechnica.

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