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Method for determining license plate expiration

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000237467D
Publication Date: 2014-Jun-18
Document File: 4 page(s) / 104K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for the early detection of license plate expiration using a system within the vehicle to determine the values for year and month, as indicated on a low-cost sticker. The system then compares those against a date retained by the vehicle to indicate to the driver when the expiration dates are near.

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Method for determining license plate expiration

The primary method for determining plate expiration is by means of the visual inspection of a sticker on a license plate, which is frequently ignored and unnoticed. Another method is for the automobile owner to receive notice of pending expiration by mail; however, this is not a foolproof method because mail can be lost or misplaced.

The problem with these current methods is that the owner has no indication from the vehicle that the license plate is about to expire, or has expired.

The novel contribution is a cost effective method for notifying the owner of a vehicle when the license plate is about to expire. License plates typically contain stickers for both the year and month to indicate the plate's expiration. The new method enables a system within the vehicle to determine the values for year and month, as indicated on a low-cost sticker, and then compare those against a date retained by the vehicle to indicate to the driver when the expiration dates are due.

In one embodiment, the dates of expiration are determined by a clamping mechanism that covers a section of the year/month stickers. This section may be subdivided into four segments that may be cut out to indicate a binary representation of the date specified by the sticker. When the stickers are clamped, a simple circuit is created to assert the bits represented by the sticker. The vehicle can then compare the dates captured from the sticker and compare it to the vehicle's internal date to notify the driver of an impending (or passed) expiration of the vehicle's l...