According to a list published by the United States Trademark and Patent Office (USPTO), Apple obtained a technology patent related to automobiles, describing a “digital license plate” system.
Apple said that many car manufacturers and car owners want to personalize their driving experience, and traditional methods include bumper stickers and personalized license plate frames.
Apple’s patent outlines a more cost-effective interactive license plate framework to enable a personalized driving experience.
Citing Apple’s patent abstract, the digital license plate includes a license plate frame that can be resized according to needs. In addition, the screen inside the license plate can display the license plate number and registration expiration date.
The digital license plate has a built-in controller that can communicate wirelessly with external devices. Users can control the digital license plate style or display user-specified content through the iPhone.