As Calif. rolls out digital license plates, could NM be next? | KOB 4

As Calif. rolls out digital license plates, could NM be next?

Erica Zucco
May 31, 2018 10:22 PM

Erica Zucco


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. –Many New Mexicans know what it's like to have their vehicles stolen. New "electronic license plates" being rolled out and tested in other states could, in the future, allow drivers to send a message out onto the license plate- revealing the theft to authorities.

Reviver Auto Rplates make that possible. The California-based company connects digital plates to an app, so drivers can update registration or pick a custom plate without waiting at an MVD office.

"There's a lot of really smart ways to be useful to the community with technology like this," said Reviver Auto CEO Neville Boston.

The plates can also be used for public safety.

"Amber Alerts, Silver Alerts and if there's inclement weather," Boston said.

Drivers could also use the app to change a plate to show a car has been stolen. While users can allow location tracking for the plate to help in those cases, the company says the feature can be disabled, and that owners control their own data.

"We're all about consumer safety," Boston said. "Privacy and all of that is really important to us.”

California is giving the plates a go now, with fleet services especially interested in how it could simplify car registration. Driving departments nationwide are watching to see if it could change the way they drive.

A spokesperson for the New Mexico Motor Vehicles Department said at this point, it is not planning to roll out the plates. The MVD is looking into them, but wants to gather more information first.


Erica Zucco

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