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Police & Autonomous Vehicles: How Will That Work, Exactly?

Police & Autonomous Vehicles: How Will That Work, Exactly?

Here's what we know about autonomous cars: 1. They're coming. 2. Their arrival will be piecemeal, via a range of autonomous features, which will eventually merge into fully self-driving vehicles. 3. Autonomous technology could be accepted by the mainstream within five or ten years. 4. Autonomous... read more

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Trinity, professional hacker [from The Matrix]

Jeep Cherokee Hacked, Carjacked In Real-World Test: Are You Next?

It's finally happened: a vehicle has been remotely hijacked by hackers. We've seen attempts at vehicle hacking before -- none of which were especially awe-inspiring or... read more July 22, 2015 by 

U.S. Capitol

Senators Intro Bill To Require Recall Warning Lights On Dashboards, Mandatory Collision Avoidance

As everyone knows, 2014 was the Year of the Recall. Between fatal ignition switch flaws at General Motors and exploding airbags from Takata, recalls were at the forefront of... read more July 9, 2015 by 

OJ Simpson in vintage Hertz ad

Relax, Hertz Doesn't Want to See Everything You're Doing (Or Does It?)

We do stupid things in the car. We eat, we sing, we shout at other people, we pick our noses. We do all that because, despite the fact that we're surrounded by glass, we... read more March 17, 2015 by 

Paranoia at Work (photo by Flickr user Apionid)

DEA Is Spying On Millions Of U.S. Drivers With License Plate Readers

Technology does awesome things. It lets us communicate with loved ones, no matter where they are on the planet. It lets us collaborate with colleagues and entrepreneurs... read more January 27, 2015 by 


The Secret World Of License Plate Tracking (Yes, It's As Shady As You Think)

Few people like license plate readers, or LPRs. Despite the safety they promise, they're at best imperfect, and at worst, a grievous invasion of privacy. If you're one of... read more May 7, 2014 by 

Field sobriety test

NHTSA Won't Randomly Pull You Over & Test You For Booze Anymore (Without Your Consent)

Back in November, some motorists in Fort Worth, Texas had an unusual and unnerving experience: according to a report at NBC DFW, "Some drivers in North Fort Worth on Friday... read more March 17, 2014 by 

Angry Driver with Road Rage

Road Rage Is The New Facial Recognition Frontier

The entry for "privacy" in the Oxford English Dictionary may look the same as it always has, but our definition of the word is changing day by day. Consider the fact that... read more March 17, 2014 by 

Repo Man

You & Your License Plates Are Being Watched (By America's Repo Men)

We've written before about licence plate readers, or LPRs, which can be found in cities across America. But like all high-end technology, once-pricey LPRs have become more... read more March 6, 2014 by 

Ford Motor Company's Jim Farley

Ford's Jim Farley Apologizes For Claiming, "We Know What You’re Doing"

Dennis Rodman isn't the only person suffering from foot-in-mouth disease this week. Jim Farley, Ford's Global VP for Marketing and Sales, succumbed to it, too, and now, he's... read more January 10, 2014 by 

Toyota Prius navigation screen

Carmakers Know Where You Go -- And You Can't Get Them To Delete The Data

Big data is a very big deal. To be sure, it has plenty of useful applications, like helping us navigate traffic jams and tracking down criminals, all thanks to the aid of GPS... read more January 8, 2014 by 

Toll plaza with E-ZPass on the Spaulding Turnpike near Rochester, NH (via Wikimedia user Fletcher6)

E-ZPass, Smartphones, GPS-Tracking, And The End Of Privacy

Privacy ain't what it used to be. Just a decade or so ago, most of us paled at the thought of sharing our phone numbers and addresses with corporations, knowing that an... read more September 16, 2013 by 

Department of Transportation vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) program

NTSB Pushes for Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communication Systems: How Long Until They Appear?

We've spilled a lot of virtual ink over vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-grid communications. Both are promising technologies that could substantially reduce the number of... read more July 26, 2013 by  2

Camera lens

You Are Being Watched: ACLU Shows Extent Of License Plate Tracking: Slideshow

Last fall, we told you about the widespread use of license plate readers -- cameras deployed by government agencies to scan and track plates as cars move across town and... read more July 18, 2013 by  3

Trinity, professional hacker [from The Matrix]

Who Can Protect Our Cars From Hackers? NHTSA Can!

Fully autonomous cars are still years away from hitting the roads, and the U.S. probably won't be the first to receive them. But that hasn't stopped car fans from thinking... read more May 17, 2013 by  0

First Scene Car Blackbox Traveling Data Recorder

Black Box Recorders: Groundbreaking Safety Devices Or The End Of Privacy?

We're all familiar with event data recorders -- or as they're more commonly known, "black boxes". EDRs are standard equipment on airplanes, and any time there's a mishap... read more April 16, 2013 by  0


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