Vehicle Location Data Could Be Tracked In the Future – Are You Ready?
A recent driverless car server brought up some interesting points including the idea of tracking your vehicle’s usage. With all the technology going into new cars, this isn’t a far off idea.
Everybody knows that your driving habits are a big part of many automotive things. For example, you can get better fuel economy if you drive a certain way. Also, reckless driving can lead to receiving tickets and more accidents. But, what about transmitting that data?
A recent Harris Poll survey about driverless cars had some interesting responses to this and other questions.
The study, commissioned by Seapine Software, revealed that 88 percent of U.S. adults would be worried about riding in a driverless car. The survey was conducted among 2,039 adults ages 18 and older, also found that three-fourths (79 percent) of U.S. adults would worry that the equipment in a driverless car will fail, such as a braking software glitch or failed warning sensor that alerts the driver of danger.
The study also revealed the following concerns of U.S. adults would have about riding in driverless cars:
- More than half (59 percent) are worried about liability issues, such as who would be responsible if a driverless car is involved in an accident.
- 52 percent fear a hacker could breach the driverless car’s system and gain control of the vehicle.
- More than one-third (37 percent) worry auto companies, insurers, advertisers and municipalities may collect personal data such as where the car goes and how fast it’s traveling.
- Only 12 percent said they would not be worried about riding in a driverless car.
While the driverless car debate will undoubtedly go on, the part that got our attention was the collection of data. This data collection is already happening with/without driverless cars. In case you didn’t know, 96 percent of cars on the road have a “black box” according to NHTSA. These event data recorders collect data like:
- Seat belt use
It wouldn’t take much for these event data recorders to transmit this information to your insurance company.
Besides insurance companies, the vehicle tracking data could be used by all sorts of people like private detectives, fleet managers, police, etc…
As one would expect, privacy advocates have been asking lots of questions about these black boxes. Their concerns are that there are currently no limits to what is collected and how it is used. With no limits, their concerns seem pretty valid.
What do you think? Is vehicle tracking data a good idea or fraught with problems?
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