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Electronic Theft Deterrent License “Plate” for Automobiles

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000010229D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Nov-07
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Nov-07
Document File: 2 page(s) / 49K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Mary Jane Krause: AUTHOR

Abstract

This invention is a theft deterrent license display which would be an integrated part of the vehicle, not an attachment. This would consist of a secure controller located in the vehicle’s internal computer and an illuminated, electronic LCD or LED display at the position currently occupied by the metal license plate.

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Electronic Theft Deterrent License “Plate” for Automobiles

By Mary Jane Krause

ABSTRACT

This invention is a theft deterrent license display which would be an integrated part of the vehicle, not an attachment.  This would consist of a secure controller  located in the vehicle’s internal computer and an illuminated, electronic LCD or LED display at the position currently occupied by the metal license plate.

PROBLEM

Currently license plates for vehicles in the United States are manufactured of stamped metal.  These plates are then attached to vehicles using screws.  The simplicity of attachment also leads to the simplicity of unauthorized removal by anyone possessing a screwdriver and in need of a license plate.  Stolen license plates can then be utilized by criminals in multiple scenarios to misrepresent themselves and/or vehicles for nefarious purposes.

Obviously this can lead to any number of problems, not only for law enforcement agents who attempt to track criminal activities but also for the legitimate owners of the stolen license plates.

SOLUTION

This invention is a theft deterrent license display which would be an integrated part of the vehicle, not an attachment.  This would consist of a secure controller  located in the vehicle’s internal computer and an illuminated, electronic LCD or LED display at the position currently occupied by the metal license plate.

The license number assigned to the vehicle would be programmed into the secure controller of the car.®..