Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Yeah, I'm sure this'll never be misused

A massive auto safety overhaul bill has made its way out of committee and onto the floor of the House of Representatives for voting. According to Automotive News, the biggest changes that the bill proposes is the mandatory addition of black boxes and brake override mechanisms to all new cars and trucks. The event-data recorders would track information shortly before and after an accident for a specified period of time in order to help investigators determine the cause of an accident.
And what will that 'specified period' be? And will it STAY at whatever they currently decide, or start creeping up(all for the public good, of course)?

For that matter, will it also track location? If they say no, how will we know that's true? We're supposed to trust these clowns?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

GPS signals are very weak. It doesn't take much to generate a signal to either jam or spoof the black box. Your car could, magically, never leave your garage. A smarter spoofing device could cause it to record bogus trips, or could transmit actual data, but at a delay that makes it appear you drive the speed limit.

I believe there is no such thing as "un-intended consequences"; I assume the business opportunities are created by Congress *on purpose* and it is my sacred duty to take advantage of them.