COLORADO – Digital license plates are a reality now in a few states and appear to be on the horizon for many if not ALL of the others.
Reviver Auto, a tech company based out of California, is diligently working to change the century old model for license plates that everyone has considered to be the norm for so long.
The company is described as an “Internet-of-things venture” that is working on creating a “connected vehicle world.”
The plates, or Rplates, the company is rolling out have an e-paper display and are able to connect to the internet for various functions including:
- Paying for tollways
- Paying for parking
- Displaying a message if your vehicle has been stolen
- Tracking your vehicle
- Displaying Amber Alerts
- And more
Reviver’s website lists the starting price for the digital plates as $499 with more expensive models ranging up towards $799.
According to the California tech company, integrating the plate technology into various states can be lengthy and is an ever-changing process. Different standards have to be met by each state agency ensuring various levels of legal and safety compliance.
Currently California, Michigan, and Arizona allow drivers to use the digital plates in place of traditional ones.
Reviver CEO Neville Boston says his organization is also currently working towards full authorization in Texas, Georgia, Washington, Florida, and Illinois.
Additionally, the company has pilot programs set to start in two Eastern states in April.
As for Colorado, Boston told KOAA that he and his team have plans to make a major push towards the market in the summer months of 2019, “Colorado is one of the states that we want to be in, in the next 12 months.”
However, according to a recent interview with the Colorado DMV, no official talks have yet taken place and so the department had no upcoming plans regarding the new technology.
“The Division of Motor Vehicles is always interesting in exploring new technologies that may benefit our residents; however, it’s not something that we have any immediate plans to implement.”
– Sarah Werner, Colorado DMV
After summer negotiations, Boston hopes to have a Colorado program set up in the next year.
If you would like to learn more about this push towards a digital option for license plates across the United States, you can visit their website.