It is revealed that every new vehicle distributed in China will be required to have the “electronic license plate,” embedded in the windscreen.
Starting from next month, any new car distributed around the Chinese territory have a radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip attached in the windshield. This new system has been examined through in beta testing all over China over the previous two years in areas such as Beijing and Wuxi.
A lot of people who have referred to this as a tracking chip are oriented with the belief that the chip transmits the vehicle’s location at all times. However, this is not usually the case.
Currently, the Chinese authorities are setting up hundreds of thousands of chip-reading units beside the roads. These units are highly sensitive as it comes to car tracking; they are able to detect when a vehicle drives past the road.
Also, the unit is equipped with a technology which will read the chip and identify the type of car that drove past. This is quite similar to the way in which a camera views a license plate.
Scottish actor, Sean O’Kane said that;
“The system wouldn’t be able to locate a car at any given moment or location, like with GPS.”
“It’s unclear how much information the government plans to store on each chip beyond the colour of the car and its license plate number.”
Similarly, other RFID chip systems have been implemented in other parts of the world. Most especially in countries like South Africa, Brazil, India and Dubai (UAE).
In these countries, the RFID chip systems are used to pay tickets, parking fees, tools as well as purchasing gas, petrol and other items.
Although this system doesn’t allow the authorities to see the vehicle’s location at every given point. However, some people express such beliefs.
Recently, the Chinese government implemented several citizen-observing strategies and tactics within its borders, including facial recognition and a DNA database.
However, a lot of people are discontented with this policy, the Chinese authorities backed the policy by stating that the primary reason for its implementation is to reduce traffic congestion, pollution, and other vehicle-related terrorist attacks.
The senior vice president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, James Andrew Lewis said;
“The Chinese government has gone all out to create a real surveillance state”. “It’s part of this larger effort to create total information awareness in China for the government.”