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Government offering Incentive for Government issued GPS in your vehicle?

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posted on Nov, 5 2008 @ 02:08 AM
I live in Nc and they have started looking for volunteers here as well. If it is for a new way to tax, seems harmless... But why not just periodically check odometers on volunteer's vehicles? Why GPS?
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scientists have been trying to come up with devices that, using global positioning systems, measure the miles a car drives and stores it securely in a computer. A test of such a system in Oregon a couple of years ago showed some promise, and has now spurred a broader experiment.

The incentive?

The federal government is about to initiate a study of such devices in six places, including the five-county Austin area. Central Texas volunteers, 200 this year and 200 more next year, would drive around for eight months with the computers installed. Complete the study and you would get $895

The requirements:

The University of Iowa researchers behind the study are taking applications starting today and running through Nov. 3. The “winners,” as it were, would be notified by Nov. 14 and have the devices installed in their cars by the end of the year. You must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old and living in Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis or Williamson counties.


To volunteer and be screened, go to or call toll free at 1-866-363-1975.

Big Brother expanding?

Other areas involved are San Diego, Baltimore, Boise, Idaho, the Raleigh-Durham area in North Carolina and Eastern Iowa.

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[edit on 5-11-2008 by Haiku]

posted on Nov, 5 2008 @ 04:04 AM
Sorry to post again, just found this on another site:

Not only will you be under surveilance, you get to pay for their convenience as well!

Instead of requiring the consumer to buy a $225 device, the state could add a $225 tax to every new car sold, thus having the money flow to the State and not to the GPS manufacturer.

I love the way the comment 'Instead of requiring the consumer to buy ...' starts out sounding like they are doing us a favor.

So after the experiment result returns a favorable verdict, we will all get these nifty little gadgets, and the bill as well !

posted on Nov, 10 2008 @ 01:14 AM
NC set to begin monitoring 300 + vollunteer vehicles first of the year. Anyone here know anybody who is considering or already commited to participating in this?


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