The Motor Vehicle Digital Number Plates Bill (AB 984), passed in early October, will allow California vehicle owners to use the digital plates made exclusively by Reviver. The plates resemble tablets that can connect to an app that offers vehicle location services, registration renewal, and security features — such as reporting a stolen vehicle. They are the same shape and size as a traditional license plate, allowing users to change the plate’s background color by switching between light and dark modes.
The bill’s passage followed a successful pilot program in which approximately 10,000 California drivers demoed the new technology. Motorists will also be able to personalize a banner message on their number plate. However, the digital license plates have raised privacy and safety fears — concerning the bill addressed by banning them from using GPS except in some instances, like on fleet and commercial vehicles.
“Californians are known to be early adopters of emerging innovative technologies. 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,” said Neville Boston, Co-Founder of Reviver.