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California drivers can now get digital license plates

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 974 into law earlier this month. The bill will allow California drivers to have digital license plates on their vehicles.

The plates will be offered by California company Reviver. There will be two options offered. Battery-operated for consumers and hard-wired for businesses. The battery-operated version is $19.95 per month, while the hard-wired is $24.95 per month.

The digital plates would eliminate the need for stickers and registration could be automatically renewed online. The plates could be customized in different colors and could include personal messages much like current license plate frames.

Users would use a mobile app to control the digital plate. If the vehicle is stolen there is a tracking device that can help locate the vehicle. The plate connects to a 5G network. Some people have raised safety concerns that the plates can be hacked and have raised privacy concerns.

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