According to recent documents released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a plan is under way to implement new rules that would require passenger vehicles on the road in America to “communicate” with each other – and, some worry, the government.
The so-called “vehicle-to-vehicle communication” system detailed in the NHTSA report indicates that “light vehicles” would transmit data across short distances, giving the recipient of such information any pertinent information about the driver and his or her actions behind the wheel.
“For example, when a [dedicated short-range communication] unit sends out a [basic safety message], the BSM needs to: Contain the relevant elements and describe them accurately,” the proposal states, “(e.g., vehicle speed, GPS position, vehicle heading, DSRC message ID, etc.).”
While the NHTSA is selling the program as a way to provide more accurate and immediate information regarding accidents and other roadway dangers, the potential invasion of privacy it could create is not lost on critics of government intrusion.
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The Washington Post reports that finalized proposals regarding the technology are expected in 2016. In the meantime, the administration is working to spread the ostensible virtues of such a system.
Ultimately, the NHTSA envisions that this program will result in “a driverless vehicle” and asserts that, as it currently stands, none of the safety message information can be used by law enforcement to “personally identify a speeding or erratic driver.”
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The administration dismissed privacy concerns, concluding that it “is confident that the V2V system both achieves the agency’s safety goals and protects consumer privacy appropriately.”
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