By on June 18, 2014

Chinese-English Stop Sign

Ever been cut-off by a driver and wanted to let them know exactly how you feel without the need for a PIT bumper? Did you happen to see someone attractive pass you by, but didn’t want to be as obvious as Clark Griswold about it? If you’re in China, General Motors is about to make that dream come true in the creepiest way possible.

ComputerWorld reports GM China R&D director John Du introduced an Android app called DiDi Plate before attendees at this year’s Telematics Detroit 2014. The app uses an Android smartphone’s camera to snap a photo of a license plate, which then uploads the info gathered into the cloud so that the driver can then connect with the other driver via cell.

The creeper part? Du explains it best:

Even if the other driver didn’t register this app, you can still give them greetings and comments.

Du added that the app can also be used with Google Glass, allowing the driver to simply look at a license plate to find the other’s personal online profile prior to arranging a date, telling them to move their car so the driver can get out, or telling them off as far as their driving skills are concerned.

However, GM would like DiDi Plate to be embedded in a connected-vehicle environment rather than reside on the driver’s smartphone of choice; thus, the app may not make it out of the prototype phase in time to warn the car ahead that they missed the stop sign, among other, more personal actions.

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16 Comments on “GM China Introduces Plate-Scanning App For Driver-To-Driver Texting...”

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    Well, this will certainly make the road a safer place to be!

    • 0 avatar

      I usually just drive up, roll down the window and curse them out.

      • 0 avatar

        I find a little “cell phone pantomine cop call” works just fine. Pull up next to ’em, point to them and the cell phone, start acting like you’re talking to the cops on it, and point it at their license plate and pretend to take a few pictures. That usually gets the jerk back in line…and you get to watch the offender get all rattled.

      • 0 avatar

        Try that here in Halifax NS and if someone sees it you could expect a home visit from the RCMP to warn you that such actions can be interpreted as road rage. I know this for a fact as I was home when the Officer warned my wife about her actions after being cutoff in an intersection.

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    I cannot count the number of times I have wanted an effective way of actively warning people that their brake light(s) are broken, their high beams are on, they have a flat tire, or any other number of dangerous situations.

    That being said, the privacy concerns alone would make a system like this a very hard sell to the USA and many other markets.

    • 0 avatar

      I’ve pulled up next to other drivers before to let them know, and about 25% of the time I get flipped off. Oh, well.

      • 0 avatar

        The best I’ve been able to do is leave a note on someone’s window. One of their tires had a massive bubble in the sidewall. The note was gone the next day but weeks later, the tire bubble remains.

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    This is just nearly mind-boggling as to how BAD of an idea it is, and also a huge invasion of privacy. Increased incidents of road rage, sexual harassment, crashes while trying to get a photo, the list goes on and on.

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    Felis Concolor

    First the rolling internet is enabled, and now pushbutton cyberstalking: sweet!

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    There’s at least a million or more creeps right now smiling at this as it makes headlines over in China.

    As far as me letting drivers have it, I just roll up next to them and tell them. It’s generally effective.

    I saw a guy one time just ridin’ the rim (blown tire which had effectively turned to shreds, then just completely came off the wheel altogether).

    I followed the guy’s car for a good couple of miles (unintended, on my way to work) until I finally noticed where all that noise was coming from. It was a Lexus ES. And the guy looked completely shocked that I was telling him what I did.

    I mostly just called him stupid, an idiot, and all kinds of other rude things and let him know that there wasn’t any tire on his front driver’s side wheel.

    He didn’t say sh*t. Just looked at me like he’d seen a ghost.

    Betcha he just kept on driving. Lol

    But by the way, I do love giving beautiful women driving the 5 second stare. If I get a smile, the charm’s workin’.

    (Confuscious say: a man that is married can still look.)

    • 0 avatar

      So instead of letting the guy know there is a major safety issue and offering to help someone who obviously needs it you decided to be a jerk. I guess I am an odd person for helping people when I can.

      • 0 avatar

        That’s right, Hillman!!

        Grrrrrr!!!!! (bangs chest with fist profusely)

        Don’t be such a crybaby.

      • 0 avatar

        “I guess I am an odd person for helping people when I can.”

        That’s permissible so long as you let them know they share the blame for needing that help, particularly if they’ve been in an accident. Especially if they claim “it wasn’t my fault”.

        Because you and Jesus know better.

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