The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has no launch date in mind for the digital version of the driving licence that could be stored in the Apple Wallet app that it is working on.
DVLA chief executive Oliver Morley revealed the plans on Twitter, including an image showing a driving licence.
The initial message garnered a lot of attention, leading Morley to post another giving some extra information on the project, including the fact there is no set date for the launch of the service.
1) prototype = no timeline yet— Oliver Morley (@omorley1) May 13, 2016
2) not replacement for photocard, an add-on
3) security our priority
4) possible because #nomorecounterpart
Morley also said security was the top priority for getting the service right, after some responded saying they like the idea, although some raised potential security concerns.
@omorley1 are you working with Apple on it? I’d assume so as if it’s a generic pass it’d be very easy to fake.— Ben Dodson (@bendodson) May 13, 2016
Someone also asked when a digital driving licence will be available, although Morley has not yet responded.
V3 contacted the DVLA to ask for any more insight on the project or when it may go live, but had received no reply at the time of publication.
It seems unlikely that it will be soon as the security requirements alone will require a lot of testing, although the fact that such an idea is in development is interesting, and underlines the shift to mobile taking place in all areas of life.
The launch of Apple Pay last year was a likely catalyst for this by encouraging others to see what could be included in the Apple Wallet app, especially as most end users are comfortable storing items like bank cards and boarding passes on their phones.
Banks, in particular, are keen to benefit from this technology. Barclays announced plans this week for its own Android app that will allow Android phone users to make contactless payments, probably before the release of Android Pay.
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