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Drivers face having their every move tracked by a ’spy in the car’ black box.
The system will constantly check a vehicle’s speed - making cameras redundant - and allow for pay-as-you-go tolls.
The £36million EU project is partly funded by the UK Government and backed by car makers and the telecoms industry.
Vehicles fitted with the system will emit a constant ‘heartbeat’ pulse revealing their location, speed and direction of travel.
EU officials believe the technology will significantly reduce road accidents, congestion and carbon emissions.
But civil liberties campaigners say it will have profound implications for privacy by creating a Europe-wide system of Big Brother surveillance.
Originally posted by nerbot
"Oh dear I broke mine again....no I won't pay for a replacement!"
This will only work if manufacturers agree to install them in new vehicles along with all the other black boxes that exist in vehicles. Retro-fitting is far too unreliable. I imagine new laws will be brought in to ban old cars first. (fat chance)
Precisely why I'm going to buy an old "mini" or something old, reliable, easy to fix myself and economical for my next car.. the only black boxes it will have will be solenoids and fuseboxes.
EU officials believe the technology will significantly reduce road accidents, congestion and carbon emissions