How Android could replace your driver’s license

Mishaal Rahman
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How Android could replace your driver’s license

Apple and Google are moving forward in supporting mobile driver’s licenses. People are definitely asking questions about what goes into standardizing them and where some of the stumbling blocks might be in terms of privacy or liability. So, on this week’s episode, we’ve got an expert to walk us through what’s actually become a global standard that’s already being put into practice across different agencies across America.

Our guest is David Kelts, director of product development at GET Group NA, one of the major vendors in deploying MDL systems in the U.S.

  • 01:06 – What’s been going on with the development of MDLs?
  • 10:35 – How does an MDL holder interact with someone trying to verify their identity? How are privacy or availability concerns addressed?
  • 19:00 – What are some of the advantages that digital IDs have over physical IDs?
  • 29:49 – What does the ubiquity of digital IDs look like? How do holders and governments interface with the system?
  • 41:50 – How does the future look for MDLs and other digital IDs?

About the Podcast

Android Bytes (powered by Esper)

A weekly show that dives deep into the Android OS

Android Bytes (powered by Esper) is the podcast that dives deep into the engineering and business decisions behind the world’s most popular OS.

Android powers over 3 billion devices worldwide and is the platform of choice for over a thousand companies. You’ll find Android on smartphones, tablets, watches, TV, cars, kiosks, and so much more. How does Google architect Android to run on so many form factors, and how do companies fork AOSP to make it run on even more devices? These are the kinds of questions the Android Bytes podcast considers each week.

Join cohosts Mishaal Rahman and David Ruddock, two journalists with extensive knowledge covering the Android OS platform and ecosystem, as they speak to system architects, kernel engineers, app developers, and other distinguished experts in the Android space.

Get in touch with us at if you’re looking to use Android for your product — we have the experience you need.

Our music is “19” by HOME and is licensed under CC BY 3.0.


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Mishaal Rahman is a Technical Editor at Esper. He has been an Android user for over a decade and has been at the forefront of Android news coverage for half a decade. His in-depth breakdowns of new Android versions have been referenced across the Internet.