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Digital(smart) Number Plates

BY PETER HURST

Recently Dubai has been pouring funding into their plans to become the technology hub of the world. As well as working on ideas such as flying drone taxis, they are pushing number plates to the next stage. Dubai’s Sultan Abdullah al-Marzouqi, head of vehicle licensing at Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is introducing digital(smart) number plates.

Sultan Abdullah al-Marzouqi, head of vehicle licensing at Dubai and digital number plate
Above: Sultan Abdullah al-Marzouqi, head of vehicle licensing at Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Digital Number Plate Example.

These digital number plates are said to be capable of various tasks:
• Traffic updates
• Condition changes
• Accident warnings
• Real-time communication with other drivers
• Emergency services contact
• New or learner driver symbols

The plates will be will be matched with a user’s profile/account, which will allow you to jump online and easily handle issues such as:
• Parking fees
• Registration renewal
• Fine payments

Plus, this innovative design could help reduce the recent rise in number plate theft. If the car or plate is stolen it will adorn a visual alert such as ‘STOLEN’.

The cost of these digital plates is yet to be revealed but maybe its best to leave these undoubtedly expensive addons to the Dubai public first.