Is the technology being widely utilized for electronic vehicle identification? If so, how?
Radio frequency identification has been used for electronic vehicle identification (EVI) and registration for many years. In South Africa, RFID tags were affixed to metal license plates starting in 2008, to automatically identify vehicles and verify their proper registration. In Bermuda, cars and trucks have RFID-enabled registration stickers attached to their windshields. And other countries, including Brazil, China, Dubai, India and Mexico, have explored RFID-enabled vehicle identification and registration systems (see Electronic Vehicle Registration Picks Up Speed).
RFID has not yet caught on everywhere for this application, in part due to privacy concerns. Drivers in the Philippines and India, for example, have pushed back on plans by their governments to implement EVI because of concerns that the governments could then track a car’s location without the driver’s knowledge. But given the low cost of passive RFID tags, the difficulty in cloning them and the ability to enable privacy-protection features, it is likely that the technology will eventually become the standard.
—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal