Automatic License Plate Scanners & Wholesale Surveillance

The Boston Transportation Department is engaging in what Bruce Schneier calls "wholesale surveillance" in order to collect unpaid parking tickets. A white SUV equipped with two video cameras on top and a laptop computer running license plate scanning software drives…

Missouri: State Spies on Drivers Through Cell Phones

The state of Missouri has begun a program to track individual movements on highways through cell phones:The Missouri Department of Transportation will spend $3 million annually on a program to monitor the movements of individuals on highways via their cell…

Tracking Every Move You Make: Can Car Rental Companies Use Technology to Monitor Our Driving?

Anita Ramasastry's recent columns at FindLaw, Tracking Every Move You Make Can Car Rental Companies Use Technology to Monitor Our Driving? discusses the use of GPS as a monitoring technology, particularly in rental cars. From the article:GPS-Plus-Wireless Transmitters: Why the…

Popular Science on Vehicle Safety Communication Technologies

Popular Science features an article on "The Future of the Car: Behold the All-Seeing, Self-Parking, Safety-Enforcing, Networked Automobile" where one of the emerging technologies discussed is Vehicle Safety Communication technology:The next giant leap in sensing will be radio networking that…

Papers on Privacy and Vehicle Safety Communication Technologies

I am on my way to The Netherlands to particpate in two exciting conferences. I will be presenting my paper "Surveillance, Privacy and the Ethics of Vehicle Safety Communication Technologies" [PDF] at the International Conference of Computer Ethics: Philosophical Enquiry.…

DaimlerChrysler Demonstrates DSRC Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication

DaimlerChrysler has made the first public demonstration of a DSRC-based vehicle-to-vehicle communication application. From the press release:Cars equipped with DSRC can communicate directly with one another, also making it possible to transmit braking signals back over several vehicles, giving drivers…

Black Boxes Capture Car-crash Data, Controversy

Warren Webb at EDN.com has posted a nice summary article on the vehicle black box controversy, "Black Boxes Capture Car-crash Data, Controversy": With little fanfare or customer notification, some automobile manufacturers have for years been recording your driving habits. Initially…