Digital License Plate Pilot Brings New Opportunities to California’s Capital


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The digital license plate on display outside Sacramento City Hall on Monday does a lot of things other technology can already do. It allows drivers — or, in the case of the city, fleet managers — to renew their registration online, a feature the state Department of Motor Vehicles already offers. It allows the city to see where its vehicles have been and how many miles they’ve traveled. It can access the car’s computer, just like any device that can plug into an OBDII port. But there are a few new things the plates are bringing to the table, Sacramento Chief Innovation Officer Louis Stewart told reporters at a press conference Monday morning. Using the same kind of display found in popular e-readers, they can show customized messages at a moment’s notice, and they give the city a platform with which to test a few key ideas that will become more important in the coming years. A big one is the city’s upcoming deployment of 5G. Starting this summer, Sacramento will become the first city in the country to have a functional, commercially available 5G connectivity network. The digital plates, which the city will put on 35…

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