Thursday, January 2, 2014

Feds Consider Vehicle Location Tracking in New Cars

Proposal may lead to more accidents, mileage taxes and tickets for “recorded traffic violations”

Kit Daniels
January 1, 2014

With the V2V device, the GPS location for all new cars could be recorded. Credit: Minesweeper via Wiki
Credit: Minesweeper via Wiki
In a few weeks, federal officials may require new vehicles to have trackable GPS “safety” devices which could be hacked to cause automobile accidents and may even usher in mileage taxes.

With the V2V device, the GPS location for all new cars could be recorded. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is spending the next couple of weeks mulling over its decision to install vehicle-to-vehicle communications – known as V2V for short – into new vehicles which would allow them to “talk” to each other through GPS data under the guise of “accident prevention,” according to ABC News.

However, one official involved with the government study of the devices admitted that hackers could abuse the system to create mass havoc on the road.

“Who has access and how do you secure the data?” David Wise of the Government Accountability Office asked.

He even said that the V2V would rely on GPS data that can be used to easily track a vehicle – and thus the occupants inside.

“Privacy is a real challenge,” Wise said.

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