A big hat tip to automotive journalist Lauren Fix for penning the piece below on the fourth amendment and our automobiles. As an avid believer in our individual rights and freedom like our founders imagined, she wonders about how law enforcement may infringe on us. When taken a step further, imagine a day when black boxes are constantly communicating through telematics to the insurance companies and the mothership. Park your car in a bad neighborhood? Rates go up. Neglect to change your oil for a few weeks after the dashboard display tells you to? Warranty is nullified.
Although black boxes do a wonderful job of sorting through crash data to make vehicles safer, there has to be some sort limit imposed so motorists can maintain our privacy. A lot of people are still interested in disconnecting their OnStar units- a quick search on Google lets you see it can be done.
Although the security and convenience of OnStar outweighs some of the privacy issues today, we hope we can still enjoy our vehicles tomorrow without fear of manufacturer or government intrusion.
From Laurent Fix: www.thecarcoach.com