“Iowa is looking to create the nation’s first smartphone driver’s license with an app that can co-exist with the traditional plastic card,” Jeff Elder reports for The Wall Street Journal.
“The director of the state’s Department of Transportation gave Gov. Terry Branstad an update on the project Monday. Andrea Henry, a spokeswoman for the DOT, said the app is in currently development for iOS and Android phones and is expected to be free,” Elder reports. “Despite news reports about a 2015 release, the department isn’t sure on timing in part because of ‘concerns about privacy’ and security, she said.”
MacDailyNews Take: If they’re making an Android version, they’re right to be concerned.
“The new app will be another convenience for drivers in the same way that Department of Motor Vehicle websites have become, the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators said,” Elder reports. “The trade association, which represents motor-vehicle officials, said “Iowa’s innovative pilot will explore new opportunities,” but also noted the need for security.”
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Arline M.” for the heads up.]