• Jan 14th 2010 at 9:01AM
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The Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) is taking steps to eliminate the possibility of drivers who have had their licenses successfully applying for another one. The state's Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) will be using facial recognition software to build a database of license holders.

According to Australia's Drive, the software won't minutely scan your face like something out of The Matrix – it will only will take measurements of the distances between one's eyes, nose and mouth. When someone applies for a license, his or her measurements will be compared to the others in the database, and if there's a "high probability match" there will be an alert.

The technology will also be used for people applying for photo cards. However, the price of a license or photo card will not be raised even though the citizenry will be being watched much more closely. The plan is that the new procedures will help reduce the $3.5 billion Australian ($3.25B U.S.) the country has to spend every year combating identity fraud.

[Source: Drive.com.au | Image: Ian Walde/Getty]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      What happens when my identical twin goes for his licence?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sounds a bit like big brother.
        • 5 Years Ago
        In this case, I don't think so. I'd say big brother is more like the government listening in on phone conversations and monitoring your internet usage.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Technology is a double edged sword.

        The more depended we become on technology, the more it will ultimately be used to control us. Then God help us if we get the wrong person on top controlling it all.....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Misleading headline (naturally): this has nothing to do with motorists, and everything to do with identity fraud. Its being applied to drivers' licenses purely because they've become the de facto identity card that everyone keeps saying they'll never accept.

      If you've been granted one license under one identity, you'll have a harder time getting a second license under a second identity -- regardless of whether or not the first one was revoked.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Clarkson in GT-R in Japan: Speed Camera!!! **Puts on mask with Bill Oddie's face**
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