Future Cars Will Talk To Each Other
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Drew Conry-Murray
Drew Conry-Murray,
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2/4/2014 | 10:03:17 AM
Persistent monitoring strikes me as really intrusive, and I'm glad Tom mentioned potential uses of this data, including automatic fines or changes in insurance rates. I wonder if consumers will have the option to switch off these kinds of functions.
User Rank: Apprentice
2/4/2014 | 12:19:40 PM
Just like people can reprogram or tamper with aspects of their car's computers to boost horsepower or throttle response, no doubt there will be a market for people to modify the data sent (how fast it's going, etc).

The other bigger real aspect I see is it will car sales. How?

Why would anyone buy a car that can go over 55mph if everyime you do, it sends you a ticket? You will in one fell swoop, kill any reason to buy a car over $10,000. Don't think Detroit, or Europe, or Asia will be too thrilled. 
Kristin Burnham
Kristin Burnham,
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2/4/2014 | 2:40:47 PM
What about the good?
I'll take the contrarian view, here. No doubt people will resist it, but what about the good it could do?

"...the technology 'has the potential to help drivers avoid or mitigate 70% to 80% of vehicle crashes involving unimpaired drivers, and that could help prevent many thousands of deaths and injuries on our roads every year.'"

For parents of teenage drives, especially, I'm sure they'd welcome this technology.
User Rank: Author
2/4/2014 | 10:41:09 PM
Re: What about the good?
You mention reducing traffic congestion -- there could be a convenience incentive there, where people who consent to V2V controls and certain monitoring can ride in V2V lanes, like the HOV lanes. 
User Rank: Ninja
2/4/2014 | 11:49:56 PM
Start Small
Before anyone tries to do anything quite as sweeping as this, here's something much simpler which might well lay a solid foundation for cars talking to each other. Why not start out by having them talk to traffic signals? If at an intersection where, say, the North-South road has the green light and there are no more cars waiting to go, why not give the 15 cars waiting on East-West that are stuck on the red the OK to move? In other words, dynamic adjustment of the light cycle based on the situation. Not only are the technical problems a whole degree of freedom simpler, but the legal challenges of writing the laws to cover the changes will be simpler, too.

User Rank: Ninja
2/5/2014 | 3:39:20 PM
Another Horrific Idea from Big Bother
So now we can all look forward to having our motor vehicles hacked and 100 car pile ups in addition to our consumer data because anyone paying attention knows that American Big Business is incapable of protecting data of any sort.  See also the numerous data breaches of Target, Neiman Marcus, et al >> 
Thomas Claburn
Thomas Claburn,
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2/5/2014 | 4:19:21 PM
Re: Modifications
>Just like people can reprogram or tamper with aspects of their car's computers to boost horsepower or throttle response, no doubt there will be a market for people to modify the data sent (how fast it's going, etc).

Having seen how fear of hackers has led to draconian laws like the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, it seems likely we'll have extreme penalties for anyone hacking automaker DRM. The hacking penalty will probably exceed the speeding penalty.

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