Five years after the first signatures by California Gov. Jerry Brown, new digital license plates have finally hit the streets. According to The Sacramento Bee, the new signs started circulating this week, and they are by no means cheap.
Motorists who choose to buy digital license plates can register their vehicles electronically and not have to stick stickers for road tax every year. Digital signs feature computer chips, batteries and wireless communication systems. They will also be able to display personal messages if the authorities allow it.
Dealers (individuals) are expected to have the plates for $ 699, excluding installation costs. Landlords will also have to pay a monthly fee of $ 7. Digital plates will only be allowed on the rear of the vehicle.
A state spokesman said there were only 116 vehicles with digital license plates at the moment. "The purpose of the pilot project is to identify and analyze the potential benefits, so we are still in the evaluation phase."
As with all new technologies, cyber security and piracy seem to be of great concern to the Authorities. The ability to locate a vehicle with the wireless license plate communication system may be ideal for many car owners, but for individual drivers, the feature can be a nightmare.
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