Using your Cloud API demo, the uploaded image returned the following:
SAR7039 - 95%
eu-de - 99%
The plate, however, should have read as S ӒR 7039, with an umlaut A (Ӓ).
First, is this a known issue?
Second, white space is significant in Germany.
After the (blue) country code strip is a one, two or three letter abbreviation, which represents the city or region (district) where the car was registered. In the example above, the district ‘S’ is for Stuttgart.
After the location name, there are the round vehicle safety test and registration seal stickers placed above each other.
The stickers are followed by one or two usually random letters and one to four usually random numbers. The total quantity of letters and numbers on the plate is never higher than eight.
A problem with this scheme is that the space between the geographic identifier and random letters is a significant character and must be considered when writing down a number. For example, B MW 555 is not the same number as BM W 555. The confusion can be avoided by writing a hyphen after the city code (district). So B-MW 555 is for B(erlin) MW 555, and BM-W 555 is B(ergheim) W 555.
Please provide us with feedback on these two issues and some idea when they might be addressed.