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Improving motor vehicle registration and inspection identification with a RFID tag

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000033525D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Dec-14
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Dec-14
Document File: 2 page(s) / 33K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

The concept is to replace the windshield stickers on motor vehicles with a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag. This would open up opportunities to improve the administration of motor vehicle registration, compliance with motor vehicle insurance, compliance with state vehicle inspection requirements and law enforcement.

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Improving motor vehicle registration and inspection identification with a RFID tag

Disclosed is a concept to replace the windshield stickers on motor vehicles with a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag. This would open up opportunities to improve the administration of motor vehicle registration, compliance with motor vehicle insurance, compliance with state vehicle inspection requirements and law enforcement.

The Problem:

To understand how the use of RFID tags could help consider first how today's processes work.

Today it is necessary to yearly register your car with the state motor vehicle department. When your car is registered the owner is issued a windshield sticker valid for a year. The sticker has some form of visual indication of the month and year for which the registration is valid. Drivers driving with expired registrations are subject to traffic tickets. Law enforcement must perform a visual inspection of the sticker to assure compliance with the law. This can be difficult if not impossible with moving cars.

Today most states also require that motor vehicles be inspected for safety and environmental compliance. Vehicles inspected will also display a windshield sticker (or in some states a sticker on the license plate). Like the registration sticker, the inspection sticker has a visual indication for when the when the next inspection is due. Drivers driving vehicles with over due inspections are subject to a traffic ticket. Law enforcement must perform a visual inspection of the sticker to assure compliance with the law. This can be difficult if not impossible with moving cars.

Today all states require that motor vehicles be insured. When a car is insured the insurance company issues an insurance car that should be carried with the vehicle to prove the car is insured. However once the insurance card is issued there is no method to recall that insurance card if the insurance is later canceled. It is impossible to tell from the insurance card if the car is still covered with insurance. Inspection stickers require proof of insurance in the form of this insurance card but just because the insurance card is produced does not mean the car is truly insured.

The Solution:

Now consider these same processes if each motor vehicle was fitted with an unique RFID tag and the state motor vehicle kept on-line records for each vehicle. This database would include such things as:

- vehicle is properly registered - vehicle has had a current inspection on file - vehicle is currently covered by insurance - vehicle is not been identified as a problem vehicle (wanted by law enforceme...