Didn't think you'd see two NHTSA threads today, did you?
While the key word here is "May", but lets not fool ourselves, if it isn't mandated at the end of this year, it will at some point down the road.
It's just part of the evolutionary path of technology, right? No way, could this be nefarious... Trust your NHTSA.. because it's for your safety,
Before the end of this year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will decide whether or not to begin the rulemaking process to mandate
that newly manufactured cars include what is being called “vehicle-to-vehicle” (V2V) communications technology that constantly broadcasts via
radio wave the car’s location, direction, speed and, possibly, even the number of passengers it is carrying.
The downside is that such a transportation system would give the government at least the capability to exert increasing control over when, where,
if--or for how much additional taxation--people are allowed to go places in individually owned vehicles. It could also give government the ability to
track where people go and when.
The Obama administration says this is something it has “no plans” to do even if it does mandate V2V technology in all new cars.
No plans, eh? Funny how government always seems to throw those "plans" out the window when it comes to protecting anything about individual privacy.
I'm sure an agreement has already been made behind closed doors. Enjoy your slavery, right? Hell, just mandate it and link the system to the drone
program... we don't mind... just as long as there's a PS4 built into the dashboard and the whole interior of the car projects the game in panorama.
While most of us are uncomfortable with change, the article does point to some forward-thinking, along the lines of fully-automated cars. Which I
think most of us can agree, would be pretty cool. Fully-automated cars have been portrayed in futuristic movies for about 50 years. Plus it would
create jobs, at least on the infrastructure since most of the automobile production will likely take place overseas.
NHTSA sees this technology as the first step on a “continuum” of automotive evolution that will ultimately lead to fully automated vehicles
navigated by internal electronics linked to external infrastructure, communications and database systems.
The upside of a government-mandated movement toward cars that are not controlled by the people riding in them is that it could make transportation
safer, allow people to use time spent in a vehicle for work, rest or entertainment, and give people who are currently incapable of driving because of
age or disability the opportunity to move as freely as those who can now drive.
Just speculating here, but I'm sure no one would be held accountable for fully-automated car crashes/deaths due to computer failure/hackers, as the
corporations and government would force you to forfeit your right to sue upon signature of purchase. Read the fine print ladies and gents.
So back to the downside:
Wise also said: “I think it is fair to add that DOT and industry are taking steps to try to minimize privacy risks. Also, while we do not explicitly
say this in our report, we did not see or hear any indication that DOT has any plan or desire to use V2V to track peoples’ movements.”
“Identifying ‘bad actors,’ which could include anything from malfunctioning vehicles to intentional malfeasance (such as hacking), is crucial to
ensuring that the V2V security system functions properly.
“NHTSA has no plans to modify the current V2V system design in a way that would enable the government or private entities to track individual motor
Hmm, so comforting. They don't have a desire or plan to track peoples' movements!?!?!?!?
They already do this. I can only assume
they have some sort of integrity left. I don't know how else to explain it.
In the end, just know this system WILL be forced upon us all. They've been working on it for years, they aren't going to junk it just because a few
public interest groups have privacy concerns.
Off to bed.
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