Big Brother Goes Along For The Ride

You knew it was coming, might want to hang on that not so smart car, forever.

To get back to the speed limit helper thing. Using GPS, the car knows when you’re “speeding” — every single time you “speed.” This is easily done by comparing your velocity at any given moment with the posted limit on that road, which info the car downloads continuously via the GPS. The data about your “speeding” can be recorded — and transmitted.

Add a dash of insurance mafia lust to rifle your pockets — and your legal inability to tell them to piss off. You cannot — by law — say “no” to insurance. You must buy it. And they will tell you how much you’ll pay.

... Real-time dunning for every single instance of “speeding.” Perhaps by the insurance mafia — perhaps by the government. From our point of view, it amounts to the same thing.

Driving is about to become a bunch more expensive — and whole lot less fun.

Posted by: Howie at 08:14 AM


1 2028 AD: 700,000 smart cars infected with the Newark Virus have locked their doors and headed for New Jersey. But they will all arrive safely and properly insured.

Posted by: Storm Saxon's Gall Bladder at May 29, 2014 09:11 AM

2 And the drones (i.e. the majority of americans) won't think twice about bowing to such fascism.

Posted by: WVinMN at May 29, 2014 09:52 AM

3 Just to nit-pick...GPS on its own doesn't *download* anything. That would require a separate active network connection such as a phone (BT) or built-in 4G modem...also required to transmit anything from the car. If the vehicle has no built in modem and there's no BT connection to a phone (even then, most peoples phone plan doesn't allow the phone to tether another device) then there's no way they'll be able to receive the information.

Posted by: Pete at May 29, 2014 10:18 AM

4 @Pete, so far that's every GM vehicle made.

All Onstar equipped, which is basically a cell phone and Onstar can access even without subscription.

3g would probably be enough to get most info.

Posted by: Howie at May 29, 2014 10:24 AM

5 u don't need car insurance if u r an illegal alien.

Posted by: jb at May 29, 2014 10:42 AM

6 I'ma gonna jack the hoopty up in the garage on stands and push the accelerator to the firewall and see if I get a ticket for "speeding."

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