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Renew Your Drivers License via an iPad


The growth of tablet computers is a truly remarkable technology story. Tablet computers include devices like the Apple iPad, the Amazon Kindle Fire, and most recently the Google Nexus 7. We’ve basically witnessed the creation of an entirely new product category, which has been adopted by tens of millions of people, in a timeframe of just over three years. By comparison, it took the personal computer at least a couple decades to accomplish what the tablet has done in just a few years.
As a result of this meteoric rise, we’re seeing the introduction of the tablet into everyday life. Just recently, I profiled how tablets are being used in restaurants as a potential replacement for waiters.

Here’s another great example I recently came across. The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security has recently installed 72 iPad kiosks inside 26 driver service centers across the state. These kiosks now allow citizens to renew their driver’s license “in a matter of minutes.”

“Reducing the wait time at driver service centers is one of our top priorities,” said Commissioner Bill Gibbons in a Mashable website post. “These self-service iPad stations will cut down on the number of customers waiting for service from a driver license examiner and will help reduce the overall wait time for all customers.”

While the use of computers and automation for services like these is not a new phenomenon, the introduction of tablets, with their lower cost, ease of use, and interactive feel, will only accelerate this trend. What do you think will be next?


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