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Dubai tests out digital licence plates

by on12 April 2018

Ships with digital screens, GPS and transmitters.

Drivers in Dubai may soon be using digital number plates which have  smart plates with digital screens, GPS and transmitters.

The new plates will be able to inform emergency services if a driver has an accident. They can display an alert if the vehicle or digital plate is stolen and allow real-time communication with other drivers about traffic conditions or any accidents ahead.

According to Sultan Abdullah al-Marzouqi, the head of the Vehicle Licensing Department at Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), the plates will make life easier for drivers in Dubai.

Payment for fines, parking fees or renewing registration plates will be automatically deducted from users' accounts. Number plates can also be changed using the RTA's app or website.

According to Sultan Abdullah, the trial will work out any potential technological glitches caused by Dubai's desert climate. It is not clear how much the plates will cost, with Sultan Abdullah saying that the final cost of the project will only be known after the trial ends in November.

However, the technology allows the transport authorities to track drivers, raising potential issues surrounding privacy and information security.

Last modified on 12 April 2018
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