Feds may require tracking systems on all new cars

The federal government is considering a plan to require all new vehicles sold in the United States to include tracking devices using GPS-style data – letting the government follow everything on wheels in the name of safety.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will announce in “coming weeks” whether to force automakers to include “smart technology” that would let vehicles communicate their positions to other vehicle, provide warnings about potential crashes, according to an ABC News report.

bigbrothertracking0102According to the Government Accountability Office, the technology could provide enough information to  “provide warnings to drivers in as much as 76 percent of potential multi-vehicle collisions.”

“Widespread technology depends on other cars having the same system so they can talk to each other,” David Wise, director of the GAO’s Physical Infrastructure Team, told ABC.

So cars will be able to talk to each other, but anyone – including the government – could be listening.

“Privacy is the real challenge,” Wise acknowledged. “Who has access and how do you secure the data?”

As becomes clearer with every hacking scandal – Edward Snowden to Target customers being targeted – true data security is impossible to guarantee. And as to who has access, does anything think a tracking system mandated by the federal government won’t include access for the federal government?

And all of this for the illusion of safety. As the ABC report notes, the systems could provide warning information to drivers in 76 percent of collisions. Any competent driver should be able to get that information from his own eyes. And even if the information, such as another vehicle slowing or veering unexpectedly, is out of a driver’s reach, there’s no guarantee that simply having it available means the a driver will be able to react in time.

And if the information is wrong, If the V2V system gets hacked by someone out to sow chaos in the highway — as opposed to, say hijacking airplanes — the potential for more accidents is even higher.’

It’s important to note that this isn’t some tracking system car owners purchase for their own peace of mind in event of emergency — OnStar or the like. Those are voluntary contracts between a buyer and a seller, and can be cancelled as the contract calls for. And it’s not the same a feature automakers offer that allows police to track a car if it it’s stolen. This is a government mandate on all vehicles — and another government intrusion into the private lives of the American public.

And it’s a literal example of Ben Franklin’s old dictum about people who surrender liberty for illusory security.

They deserve neither. And will get neither.

H/T: InfoWars

Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].

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8 thoughts on “Feds may require tracking systems on all new cars

  1. Mike W says:

    Move over on star, there is a new kid in town

    1. Kimber_TLE says:

      2003. OnStar v FBI. Been there. Done that. The FBI lost… for the time being.

  2. Gary Kreie says:

    The system is being designed to assign a random temporary id to cars each time they are started so the cops cannot intercept your speed and mail you a ticket. They intentionally ruled out using this system for use as a toll road pay system, only crash prevention, so no personal info is ever transmitted. It is certainly more private than someone in the government just reading your license plate number. This system can prevent crashes and eventually save 33,000 lives per year. And eventually save nearly half a trillion dollars per year in insurance premiums, medical bills, and collision repair costs. If this saving is somehow applied to the national debt, it would be entirely paid off in 8.5 years. You can drive as you always have. It just applies the brakes as a last resort if you don’t to prevent a crash. Not unlike the computers that apply antilock brakes in your car now. Eventually, it could synch with traffic lights to show you what speed to go to reach a traffic light when it is green so you won’t have to stop. And it could make sure cars never collide at stoplights. What’s not to like?

    1. steve794 says:

      and we are suppose to believe that??????

      1. Gary Kreie says:

        You can believe the Feds stuck tiny elephant fairies in your required anti-lock brake system to report on your driving habits for all I care. I just want to get to crashless cars sooner rather than later to save lives and virtually eliminate car insurance premiums.

  3. Pamela K. Cahoon Laub says:

    Big Brother has a new way of tracking you. – in case your cell phone is off or at home.

  4. Thomas Aquinas says:

    Since progress depends upon discovery of the previously unknown, all we can truly understand about it are the principles which enable it.

  5. ExVariable says:

    I’ve found this to be a useful antidote against the ancient manifesto worshiped by today’s liberals and progressives: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0094KY878

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