Thursday, October 13, 2005

Wi-Fi Makes Cars Smarter

The emergence of Vehicle Safety Communication technology is starting to get more press attention. Here's a story from Red Herring, "Wi-Fi Makes Cars Smarter". The article is right to point out the various "policy and privacy" issues related to DSRC-enabled autos:
But none of those systems are at the production stage. Many policy and privacy issues need to be ironed out before they can be universally deployed, automakers said.

For instance, cars would transmit speed and other driving information that could be tracked. Automakers say the information would be anonymous, but consumers are concerned about privacy. One example: New York City cab drivers are opposing plans to install GPS (global positioning system) in their taxis.
My own research on the topic is here.

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