GM’s Chinese research and development team is working on a smart phone app to allow drivers to scan other motorists’ license plates and then contact said motorists (even if they don’t have the app), presumably to applaud them for displays of excellent merging and parallel parking.

Yeah, we’re not sold either. The app is called Didi Plate, and it’s designed to increase social media contact between drivers but it raises quite a few red flags.

The likelihood for flagrant abuse of the system is obvious. Drivers could be peppered with texts non-stop. Also, the app encourages drivers to pick up their smart phones and use them while on the move, which – although we can’t attest for Chinese lawmaking – isn’t exactly an encouraged practice here in the states.

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[via Computer World]