posted on Apr, 19 2012 @ 10:11 AM
Originally posted by Bakatono
Sarcasm? Hard to tell.
It will be a big deal someday. Won't it be neat when you can get speeding tickets retroactively? Cops just download your data and play it back to
see you were going 40 in that school zone yesterday. Then you were driving 80 in a 65. You rolled through that stop sign BTW, gonna have to pay for
that. What were you doing driving at 2am after your car was parked at that bar for 6 hours?
Oh, and just wait until the divorce lawyers can get their hands on this data. They will looking for this to prove the spouse actually was outside
the house of their new bf/gf.
Or, what if your car happens to be parked near the scene of a crime. They can't find the criminals but you get stopped for some reason, they
download your black box, and you are now on trial for a crime because your car was parked near-by the scene while you were grabbing a subway sandwich
down the block. That's cool.
Then your insurance company wants to get a copy of the data so they can determine if your insurance rate is accurate. Perhaps all those violations
you made (mentioned above) mean you need to pay double for insurance. You did run that stop sign after all.
Finally, there are the hackers. Who knows what they will do. Can these things be read from a distance? Is there an exposed interface? Can its data
Looks like I will be buying that old Dodge Dart after all.
As long as you don't break the law, you shouldn't have to worry. If you are speeding in a school zone, and it is found out later, guess what... you
still broke the law.
This black box isn't a breathalyzer, so you can't receive a retroactive DUI. Please use some common sense on that point.
Divorce lawyers obtaining this data? Couldn't you make the same argument about cell phones with GPS? Sounds like you are sensationalizing that point
Car parked near the scene of a crime? I can see how they might question you as a possible witness, but everyday there are murders in a home with
hundreds of cars parked near by. I don't hear about every single one of those car owners being falsely accused. More sensationalism.
Car insurance raising rates because of violations? Maybe you shouldn't be violating the law. Ever think about that?
As for hackers, you have nothing to worry about as long as the recorder isn't connected to a cell tower or wi-fi. Again, I see no difference between
the point you made with a car black box and a cell phone that people carry today.
And besides, the black box will be a necessary thing in the future. Within a decade, we will have self driving cars out on the road. Just search for
the Google Automated Car if you don't know about this. The black box may just happen to be your saving grace if your car's computer malfunctions and
causes an accident. The black box may prove that it was a defect from the auto manufacturer, allowing you a reprieve, or some sort of compensation if
injury were to occur.
Not everything is a conspiracy to spy on you. Maybe, just maybe, these things are there to help protect you, and gather statistical data to help make
the roads a safer place.