January 14, 2006

Japan to introduce Smart License Plates

Japan’s Land, Infrastructure and Transportation Ministry is considering to install RFID chips in license plates of vehicles. These chips will enable to hold information about the type of vehicle, license plate number etc. The ministry started developing RFID enabled license plates in the year 2000. The ministry believes that these smart license plates will help in solving traffic jam problems and strengthen security of the vehicles as their precise location could be tracked by using antennas installed at roadsides. Pilot test would be conducted on taxi cabs in the city of Chiba. The ministry has already secured $ 170,000 this year for conducting pilot tests.

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