With the emergence of the sharing economy, making things that were once personal accessible to complete strangers has become the norm. This “new normal” of renting out everything from our services to our homes is changing the role of private ownership. It not only creates opportunity for both providers and consumers, but disrupts traditional industries. Among these are the auto retailers and car rental companies faced with a surge in car sharing services. Like other disruptors, car sharing not only poses a unique option for the public, but imposes challenges and considerations for both government regulators and automakers.
You access any number of government processes via the internet these days. From eFiling taxes to renewing car registration, electronic government or eGovernment is streamlining some of the most time-consuming public transactions. But this paperless solution only succeeds for those people who can get to a computer. What about those who can’t? This is where mobile government or m-Government comes in.
Looking at a similar V2Gov system in Australia, Kelly Kimball questions how Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens will fare once stickerless car registration goes into effect. By Kelly Kimball, Chairman & Co-Founder, Motor Vehicle Software Corporation (MVSC) December 30, 2016 is the last day for Pennsylvania drivers to get actual registration stickers on their cars. By the next day, December 31, the state is eliminating the need for hard copies on automobiles. It’s smartly going fully digital with the introduction of Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) technology in its police vehicles and on the roads. This system electronically reads an automobile’s plate to determine whether it’s expired, among other things.
As we settle into the digital age, accessing information “on the fly” through a computer or mobile device has become not only the norm, but expected. That includes the data managed by public agencies. Getting more visibility to decisions and legislation made by lawmakers and taking care of your personal, official business via a website in a fast, easy and efficient way has led to electronic government or eGovernment. You may have already heard the expression or even taken advantage of it, but what exactly does it mean and how does it affect you and the world around you? It may help to understand a bit of the history of eGovernment.
You get ready for the day, hop in your car and off you go onto the expressway, highway, freeway, street and…crawl. Stop. HONK! You get an overwhelming urge to weep, scream and/or jump out and start pummeling the cars around you (and if you do, who could blame you?), because today, as with every day, you’ve encountered traffic congestion. Those two seemingly harmless words are no laughing matter.
In a climactic moment from the film, SPEED, Keanu Reeves makes a stunning discovery as to how Dennis Hopper’s bad guy knows their every move. He’s installed a video camera on the “don’t go below 50” bus. That moment was terrifying, invasive and prescient of a growing focus of today’s government surveillance: your vehicle. There are so many things we do in our cars that we take for granted. We put on makeup, sing our hearts out, argue, cry and more.
Government oversight of the automotive industry was established more than a century ago with the passing of the Vehicle Act of 1915. Despite the time between then and now, change has been slow to happen. However, the ever-increasing automation of vehicles has forced automakers and government entities to collaborate like never before in an effort to create a workable and reliable process of laws and governance in this industry. One tool that has made this collaboration more manageable and productive is eGovernment. Over time, more governments and government agencies around the globe are embracing technology and making strides towards establishing eGovernments that provide services to and for protection of their citizens via digital channels.
While there are many catalysts to this growth—not the least of which is public demand—one of the factors requiring the further movement of government services into the digital environment has been the growth of emerging auto technologies. For quite some time, the government has partnered with the automotive industry in a regulatory capacity. However, due to these emerging auto technologies, the degree to which the government will need to both support and oversee this industry will only continue to grow. There are two primary industry shifts necessitating increased involvement from eGovernment: Modifications in the ways vehicles are powered An increase in vehicle automation While it will likely be some time before we stop using fossil fuels, the tide is turning on this front, with more makes and models running partially or even entirely on electricity. The benefits of this shift are obvious, since the effects of carbon emissions on the environment are now well documented.
Remember standing in endless lines to get your driver’s license renewed? Or the hassle of filing any important personal or business documents. Dealing with any government agency in the past was enough to send anyone straight over the edge. Well welcome to the brave new world of e-gov and the numerous benefits it offers. E-government, or e-gov, is the use of information technology to support government operations, engage citizens, and provide government services.