Rolls Royce and Lamborghini cars parked on a street in Abu Dhabi. DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS GETTY IMAGES
Rolls Royce and Lamborghini cars parked on a street in Abu Dhabi. DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS GETTY IMAGES

The police of the future will not need to check by radio or through the computer the circumstances of a vehicle by registering its license plate, but it will be the one that reports in real time the owner and the state of the car or motorcycle.

Dubai is striving to become a technology hub and the result of this effort is a pilot project that replaces conventional license plates with authentic technology-laden systems that promise to make things easier for not only authorities, but also drivers.

The tests will begin next month and the final conclusions on the project will be announced in November of this year; although everything seems to suggest, due to the advanced nature of the product, that its launch is assured next year.

The new device allows to know if the car is stolen, if it is insured or if the owner has all the permits in order

What are smart license plates?

We have already become familiar with the static identifiers of cars and motorcycles, which show only a unique number linked to a database in which the situation of both the vehicle and the owner driver appears.

This information allows to know if the car is stolen, if it is insured or if the owner has all the permits in order; However, in order for the authorities to have access to this information, it is necessary to contact the central office, either by radio or through a computer in police vehicles.

The Dubai authorities have developed an intelligent license plate to simplify this process in the interests of better efficiency in the management of traffic management. We are already used to the intelligence of other devices such as mobiles or watches, but the identification of cars and motorcycles still have a lot of room for improvement and this pilot test proves it.

This is a special license plate that instead of a metal surface has a screen that shows a customizable numbering but above all, it also shows additional information about the vehicle.

Thus, if the car in question is stolen or has a pending fine, this information can be shown in the registration in real time, so that the authorities can act accordingly.

But this device is equipped at the same time with GPS and an emitter that can act autonomously in case of emergency: if the vehicle suffers an accident, the registration will inform the authorities sending the exact location of the vehicle. The registration will also allow information on traffic incidents with the idea of ​​improving traffic.

This device will automate the payment of the regulated parking or the road tax: these amounts will be deducted automatically from the charge account linked to the driver’s registration.

The prototype is already in a very advanced development phase and the field tests are going to be carried out, fundamentally, to check how the device resists the desert heat of Dubai.

Although the device may seem an obvious advance, it has aroused some controversy surrounding the privacy of drivers by greatly facilitating its location and routes it carries out. The promoters of the project have announced that the final price of registration will be announced as soon as the tests finish next November.

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