Michiganders can now waste their hard-earned money on digital license plates as the state becomes the third to allow the use of technology for private consumers and owners of commercial vehicle businesses.
Reviver, the company behind RPlate, wrote today that it has received legal approval to sell digital license plates to Michigan customers. Although the plates have so far only been approved for use in Michigan, Arizona and California, if you register them in one of those states, they will be recognized by law enforcement in all other states, including Mexico and Canada.
Available in two versions, the plates either come as a to-do kit with a battery that lasts five years or, if you choose to install it professionally, it can be hardware in the car.
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Although the price of this digital license plate is much higher. The Revive says the battery-powered plate costs 19.95 per month and the hardware option costs $ 24.95. This is compared to a regular metal plate, which costs $ 5 – in any case, the cost of registering the plate with the state is not included.
Reviver argues that in contrast to an annoying old metal plate, its digital plates offer more features. For example, you don’t have to go through the ordeal of sticking stickers on your plate, as it can be updated automatically. That said, if you’re not the most organized person in the world, this could present a new problem because if you’re a little late renewing your plate, the digital will automatically appear as invalid, car and driver report.
Digital plates will do more than tell you, though; It can be tracked. Reviver writes that plates can be found if your car is stolen, which I think can bring some peace of mind to car owners. Plates can also display amber alerts for their cellular data connection
The company also offers an RFleet product, which bundles plates and offers a suite of features tailored to the needs of commercial vehicle fleet managers.
Customers can purchase the plates through Reviver’s website as well as through some dealerships that have partnered with the company. The state of Michigan does not receive revenue from the sale of digital plates. Rivever says it is in talks with 10 additional states to legalize sales of its products.
Neville Boston, co-founder and chief strategy officer at Reviver, said: “We are excited to make digital license plates available to all drivers in Michigan. “I would like to thank the state legislators and government representatives, as well as many other transportation officials and partners across the state for working with us to make this a reality – we are thrilled to reach this milestone.”