Car Won’t Be Beginning in 2015
After a certain
point, its not paranoia.
brick in the wall is the predictably named Moving Ahead For
Progress in the 21st Century Act, also known as Senate Bill
1813. (See here for the full text of the bill itself; the relevant
section is 31406.) This legislation already passed by the
Senate and likely to be passed by the House will impose a
legal requirement that all new cars made beginning with the 2015
models be fitted with so-called Event Data Recorders (EDRs). These
are the black boxes you may have read about that store
data about how you drive including whether you wear a seat
belt and how fast you drive ostensibly for purposes of post-accident
are not new. GM and other automakers have been installing them in
new cars for years in GMs case, since the late 1990s.
Whats new is the proposed federal mandate, which would make
it illegal to not have one or (in all likelihood)
to remove or disable one in a car required to have the device.
come to mind:
EDRs could and almost certainly will be tied into
your vehicles GPS. (Most new and late model cars, conveniently,
already have this, too.) Then data about your driving can be transmitted
as well as recorded. To whom? Your insurance company, of
course. Progressive Insurance already has such a system in place
voluntary, for the moment. (See here for more on that.)
When EDRs are
mandated, you will no longer have a choice.
be told its all for the sake of (groan) safety
just like the old 55 MPH highway speed limit and every radar
trap in the country. Of course, its really for the sake of
revenue the governments and the insurance companys.
Your rates will be adjusted in real time, for every
incident of speeding or not buckling up. Itll
be so much more efficient than using cops to issue tickets.
After all, so many fishes escape! With an EDR in every car, no one
will escape. Your adjusted premium will be waiting for
you when you get home.
they the government, insurance companies will
be able to track your every move, noting (and recording) where youve
been and when. This will create a surveillance net beyond anything
that ever existed previously. Some will not sweat this: After all,
if youve got nothing to hide, why worry? Except for the fact
that, courtesy of almost everything we do being either illegal
or at least suspicious we all have a great deal to hide.
The naivety of the Dont Worry, its No Big Deal crowd
is breathtaking. Did the average Soviet citizen also not have
anything to hide, and hence why worry?
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