You can now search people’s licence plates on Google, Facebook

first_img ‹ Previous Next › Trending in Canada See More Videos The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Motor Mouth: Big Brother wants to know your business — even behind the wheelYou could also run the plate of somebody who dinged your car door, or perhaps find the phone number of somebody who left their dog in a hot car. Of course, all of this stuff sounds a little creepy, too, and much more nefarious motives are not hard to imagine. At any rate, this is some Stephen-King-level eerie stuff, and we’d rather not be a part of it. It’s a constant debate when taking car photos: to cover the licence plate, or not to cover? Well, today will be the day we all start covering up our licence plate in pictures; it’s the day we found out Google and Facebook can read them.Google and Facebook can actually scan a photograph and recognize the letters, turning the plate in the frame into a searchable alphanumeric sequence, something pointed out by, among others, Twitter user Jim Magill.This is likely a product of the image-searchable function, which can recognize similar images and patterns to help you find what you’re looking for. Pink auto insurance card goes digital for Ontario drivers If you want to try it for yourself, type “CJJR 265” into Google images, and you’ll get an image of the Volkswagen Golf R we reviewed earlier this year, with that plate number on it. You’ll even get similar plate numbers from other Volkswagens in VW Canada’s press fleet.All around the office, we’ve tried it with a few of our cars, and it seems to work with Google, as well as on Facebook, and possibly other social media sites.Maybe some good could come from this tech; like if you see a car you think might be for sale by the side of the road and want to know the price, you could just Google it and see if there’s a listing online somewhere.RELATED PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS RELATED TAGSFlexNew VehiclesFlex advertisement Trending Videos Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 2020 Porsche 911  Derek McNaughton / Driving Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information.last_img read more