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Scan license plates so you can text flirty messages to cute drivers with GMs new app
Digital Trends ^ | 21JUN2014 | Jason Hahn

Posted on 06/22/2014 5:58:41 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine

There are plenty of smartphone apps that make it easier to flirt and set up dates with strangers, but GM has an ace up its sleeve that may trump all of them. No, the car manufacturer isn’t muscling its way into the dating game – at least not directly. But its China R&D team has developed an Android app that lets a driver scan a license plate in order to start texting the owner of that car.

The romantic implications of DiDi Plate, a prototype app debuted earlier this month at the Telematics Detroit 2014 conference, are obvious enough, even to GM. A video demo at the conference run by John Du, director of GM’s China R&D Division, even highlighted a scenario where a male driver scans the license plate in front of him in order to see that female driver’s profile. He smoothly proceeds to tell her that he’s going to a mountain and would like someone to go with, to which she responds, “OK, let’s go together.”

However, there are other practical (and less creepy) uses for the app. For instance, the demo showed a driver whose car was blocked in a parking lot scanning the license plate of the inconveniently placed car and asking the owner to move their automobile.

Du added that his team has found a way to make the prototype app work with Google Glass, which would make its uses more dynamic or unsettling, depending on how you view it.

While the application of this identification technology to create what’s essentially a social networking layer weaved into everyday life is intriguing, the worrisome consequences of DiDi Plate are obvious enough: texting while driving, making road rage a conversational affair and invasion of privacy among them. (Du noted that drivers who don’t register for the app would still be contactable.)

The ACLU, which released a study about license-plate reading technology last summer, would certainly be present a strong objection to this type of technology being deployed to the masses in the U.S. It’s worth noting that this is, at least for now, a prototype app made for China, where laws regulating texting and talking on the phone while driving were recently put in place.

Du said a hurdle to the production of DiDi Plate or something like it is GM’s desire to insert apps into a vehicle’s infotainment system. But as dash cams become more ubiquitous, GM’s prototype app is probably a glimpse into the future more than anything else.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: chitchat; gm; licenseplate; scan; text
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1 posted on 06/22/2014 5:58:42 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Wouldn’t one have to voluntarily enter one’s plate into some service provider’s database to make it possible?


2 posted on 06/22/2014 6:00:57 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Nope, no way this would ever be abused or come to grief. Not possible. Next up, drive by scanning of home networks to see if you want to “know” the people who live there.


3 posted on 06/22/2014 6:01:26 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Of course. And where would the database provider obtain that info?


4 posted on 06/22/2014 6:01:58 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
Du noted that drivers who don’t register for the app would still be contactable.

Road rage, burglary and auto theft develop new facets. Lawsuits to abound.
5 posted on 06/22/2014 6:02:15 PM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Um...REALLY? GM doesn’t have ENOUGH problems these days?


6 posted on 06/22/2014 6:03:01 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: RegulatorCountry

People complain about the growing surveillance state and then can’t fork over money fast enough to buy it.


7 posted on 06/22/2014 6:03:03 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

What could go wrong?


8 posted on 06/22/2014 6:03:29 PM PDT by Semper911 (When you want to rob Peter to pay Paul, you'll always have the support of Paul.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

DMV?


9 posted on 06/22/2014 6:03:40 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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To: Semper911

stalkers dream come true

Why would something like that be allowed?


10 posted on 06/22/2014 6:05:00 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Someone would read his own plate into an app and tie it to his email address.

Of course, that would also make a kind of tracking of strangers’ plates possible because there is no assurance that the plate actually is yours.


11 posted on 06/22/2014 6:05:33 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

does the DMV sell that kind of info?


12 posted on 06/22/2014 6:05:50 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: LostInBayport

NOPE. If that’s what they plan to do then to hell with this.


13 posted on 06/22/2014 6:06:44 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
There are plenty of smartphone apps that make it easier to flirt and set up dates with strangers, but GM has an ace up its sleeve that may trump all of them.

How about building a great car at a great price? When GM enters the sexuality business it's all over.
14 posted on 06/22/2014 6:09:27 PM PDT by Vision (Living in beauty)
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To: GeronL

Currently it doesn’t.

There is some limited accessibility to companies that manage automated road tolling systems, to make it possible for one state’s tolling company to bill another state’s driver. I worked for a while for a company that had pretty much all the Atlantic states’ toll road business.


15 posted on 06/22/2014 6:09:29 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

The biggest risk is impersonation. Create a mess of profiles for attractive women in the area. Horned up men text them and arrange dates where they’re jumped and robbed by the crook. Or create an impersonation profile and create a grudge.

For instance, see a jerk in a blue Malibu, snag his license plate and then create a profile and harass a guy who looks like the kind who would be violent who drives the same commute just to watch the animosity rise between them.


16 posted on 06/22/2014 6:10:08 PM PDT by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: Bogey78O

Biggedt risk us texting while driving


17 posted on 06/22/2014 6:14:11 PM PDT by TexasGator
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To: Jack Hydrazine
Can you say ... STALKING ???

App users can abuse this to no end ...

18 posted on 06/22/2014 6:14:35 PM PDT by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Reason #316 why I don’t need or use a cellphone. Don’t need or use texting either. Wanna talk to me? Call me on my landline phone. Answering machine will help you if I’m not home.


19 posted on 06/22/2014 6:14:49 PM PDT by upchuck (Everyday, Joe Wilson becomes more correct!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
"She wouldn't have been my sixth victim...had she not had the Flirt App..."


20 posted on 06/22/2014 6:22:14 PM PDT by Dallas59 ("Remember me as you pass by, As you are now, so once was I, As I am now, so you will be")
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