Reviver, the company behind the only digital license plate currently on the market, recently announced that the state of California has passed a new bill that will allow all residents of the state to choose a digital license plate.
The Motor Vehicle Digital Number Plates bill (AB0984) requires the California Department of Motor Vehicles to authorize devices meeting certain criteria as alternatives to traditional license plates, stickers, tabs, and registration cards.
The state had previously launched a pilot program that allowed around 10,000 California drivers to use an RPlate, Reviver’s digital license plate. The company also worked with the California Highway Patrol to test the operational capability and functionality of three products to determine the cost-effectiveness and feasibility of extending its product statewide.
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“Californians are known to be early adopters of emerging innovative technologies,” said Neville Boston, Reviver’s co-founder and chief strategy officer. “We welcome new opportunities to automate and integrate as many parts of our lives as possible, enabling us to streamline mundane tasks and stay connected. Our cars are no exception.”
Reviver offers battery-powered and hardwired versions of its digital license plate. The first comes with a replaceable battery that lasts five years and costs $19.95 per month. The hardwired version must be installed professionally and features a backlight. Prices for it are set at $24.95 per month.
The plates are connected and allow drivers visual personalization, vehicle location services, and the ability to easily report when a vehicle has been stolen. Not sure how much easier it can be than dialing 911, but apparently some drivers see value in this.
The company also offers products for commercial fleets that offer a suite of features for businesses. This includes automated registration and compliance, batch registration, and mileage tracking.
The RPlate is currently legal for sale in California, Michigan, Arizona, and Texas. The manufacturer says that 10 other U.S. states are in various stages of adoption.