Delaware Exploring Digital Driver's Licenses for Phones
Following in Iowa's footsteps, Delaware is considering whether or not to provide digital driver's licenses to its citizens. The state's assembly recently passed a resolution requesting that the Division of Motor Vehicles study and consider issuing optional digital driver's licenses for Delaware motorists. According to the resolution, Delaware uses the same driver's license vendor as the state of Iowa, which is also exploring the use of digital driver's licenses. Delaware's digital license would be available in addition to standard physical licenses and would't be required. The state indicated certain security standards would have to be met, and might require the use of biometrics or other technologies to authenticate device ownership and identification. In the end, Delaware's lawmakers believe digital driver's licenses could improve quality-of-life for its motorists. The resolution did not spell out any sort of timeframe.
Iowa May Offer Smartphone-Based Driver's License In 2015
The head of Iowa's Department of Transportation recently said the state is preparing a mobile app that residents will be able to use as their driver's license. The app will be free and can supplement a traditional, plastic driver's license if residents so choose.
BlackBerry Sues Nokia Over Patents
BlackBerry filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Nokia this week. BlackBerry claims Nokia is using its patented technology in select telecommunications equipment that Nokia sells to network operators, such as T-Mobile, without the proper licenses.
FCC Hands Out More AWS-3 Licenses to Auction Winners
The FCC has delivered more licenses to winners of the AWS-3 spectrum auction, which concluded earlier this year. The bulk of licenses granted this week were given to Orion Wireless LLC and Geneseo Communications Services, and cover areas of Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
BMW Might Replace Car Keys with Smartphone App
BMW is exploring whether or not it will continue to offer car keys to those who own its cars. Ian Robertson, speaking to Reuters, explained that all BMW owners already carry smartphones, which have access to the BMW App.
4th / 5th Amendment Protection?
‡ the law is clear that showing the digital license does not imply consent to a search of the device or vehicle,
‡no information other than what would be gleaned from a physical license is admissible in court,
‡a statutory requirement to immediately return the device to the driver after looking at the license
this might work.
I'd be for a program that sends the digital license to the officer's device via Bluetooth or whatever supersedes Bluetooth eliminating the physical transfer of the device. The officer's device could then verify the license with the state database. The officer can look at the driver, look at the picture just as they do now to authenticate the identity. Bio-metric authentication is to...