Officials in the
United States will be watching closely as the British government begins a
program that will implant traffic-tracking sensors into its license plates.
The UK Department of
Transport has given the OK to begin testing Radio Frequency Identification
chips, or RFIDs, embedded in cars’ license plates as a way to track vehicles
and relay driving data to nearby sensors.
The technology could
be used in the future as part of an electronic toll-collection or traffic
monitoring system, according to Wired News. RFID has seen limited use in
the United States, but Department of Homeland Security officials recently began
using the devices as a way to track freight crossing the U.S./Canada border.
“We definitely have
an interest in testing an RFID-tagged license plate,” Jerry Dike, chairman of
the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, told Wired.
UK officials are
being tight-lipped about the specifics of the pilot program, but speculators
believe the devices will be tested in the plates of police vehicles, according
to technology blog engadget.com.