PA Bill Seeks to Inform Drivers of Black Box in Vehicles

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has a story about a new bill in the Pennsylvania legislature (Senate Bill 1050) that would require car dealers to tell buyers about the existence of automible black boxes and give the car owner greater control over…

Maryland to Engage in Wholesale Scanning of License Plates

Maryland is continuing its march towards wholesale surveillance of its citizens on the roads by announcing plans to use license plate recognition systems to scan and identify the plates of any vehicle a specially-equipped car happens to drive past. Marc…

Oregon considers GPS Tracking Devices in Every Car

The NY Times writes about Oregon's experiments with a per-mile fee system that could replace general gas taxes. By installing GPS location tracking devices in every car, mileage could be tracked and users would have taxes levied on how much…

On Privatized Toll Roads, Who Owns Your Data?

The New York Times reports that the State of Indiana is considering selling their major toll road to a private company (a Spanish-Australian partnership) that would operate the toll road for a profit for the next 75 years. The privatization…

Data Collection for Traffic Avoidance Systems

Technology Review has a new article on traffic avoidance systems, focusing on the software firm Inrix, who is working towards better methods of forecasting traffic congestion "hours and even days in advance." Its interesting stuff, but this passage is somewhat…

How to triangulate location data, privacy and profit

OUT-LAW.COM posts about an opinion on privacy compliance from the EU's Article 29 Working Party on Data Protection. The issue at hand is the growing ability to triangulate location data with the plethora of data services/devices we use in everyday…

Speed Cameras Used To Charge People With Other Crimes

Techdirt points to this (inevitable) example of function creep in the use of traffic cameras:A motorist who made V-signs [equivalent to the middle finger -mz] at a police speed camera has been convicted of dangerous driving and banned for a…

Maryland Will Begin Photographing Vehicles That Don’t Use EZ Pass Toll System

Maryland will reportedly spend $183 million to make changes to the EZ Pass electronic toll collection system. Under the system, toll booths would be replaced by overpasses under which motorists could drive without slowing down. Sensors would deduct tolls from…

New York taxi drivers protest proposal to install GPS in vehicles

NYC cab drivers are rallying against the Taxi and Limousine Commission's plan to outfit cabs with Gloabl Positioning Satellite systems, claiming that it violates their right to privacy. In an article in AM New York, the head of the New…