Aussies could have another reason to be glued to their smartphones in the near future as one state begins a trial of digital driver’s licences.
For many people, much of their life revolves around the handy little devices that can these days do far more than tell us the time and make phone calls. From banking to flight boarding passes, smartphones can contain much of a person’s vital information so it’s really no surprise they are literally attached to the hip 24/7.
But how far is too far? And are we pushing the digital age to the limit?
New South Wales certainly doesn’t think so as the state prepares to trial a digital driver’s licence (DDL) with its a segment of its Sydney population.
Accessible on a mobile phone via the Service NSW app, residents will have the opportunity to have their say on the new idea that will see people using the DDL as identification in pubs and clubs and for roadside police checks in the trial area.
“Smartphones have become de facto wallets and we’re using cutting edge technology so that drivers can use a digital licence in everyday scenarios,” NSW Minister for Finance, Services and Property Victor Dominello said in a statement. “Parliament has approved new laws to enable a state wide rollout of the technology. This trial will bring us a step closer to delivering on that promise.”
With Parliament approving new laws to enable a statewide rollout of the technology, the trial brings NSW a step closer to delivering its promise, leading the way in the digital world in the country.
Although it sounds intriguing and will surely benefit many who misplace the physical copy on a regular basis, the question looms whether it will really be the best option for everyone, especially those who don’t own a smartphone or are not up-to-date with the latest technology.
There are thousands, if not millions of apps available for download and some can be quite confusing, even for the technological aware. So what will those who aren’t glued to their screens think of the inventive plan?
Coogee MP Bruce Notley-Smith is all on board the idea and said the eastern beaches of Sydney are the perfect place to trial the DDL with its 140,000 possible participants.
“A digital licence is more convenient and hassle-free…university student, parent or retiree, I encourage all eligible drivers to sign up to this trial and give it a go,” he told the Courier Mail.
Drivers in Bondi Junction, Bondi, Bronte, Clovelly, Coogee, Randwick and Waverley all have the opportunity to take part in the trial from November this year.
However, they will still have to carry a hard copy of their license as it is only a trial and not yet legislated. The trial will draw on learnings from the ongoing trial in Dubbo, New South Wales, which has had an 83 per cent customer satisfaction rating from more than 1,400 participants.
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