Self-driving cars are likely to be seen more widely on roads in 2016. However, according to insiders at this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, self-driving cars would function more like ground-based surveillance drones collecting images and data on both drivers and the public.
2016 World Economic Forum will be held January 20 through January 23 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. The conspiracy theorists claim that the self-driving cars have the resources to record almost every part of your journeys and driving habits as they are packed with a variety of technologies: sensors, radars, cameras and a GPS, all for safety purposes and accident prevention.
Legislation authorising the use of self-driving cars has already been introduced in some US states. Also, the Department of Transportation is trying to require vehicle-to-vehicle communications installed in every new car sold nationwide and that would force vehicles to share data like speed and direction with each other via WiFi in order to prevent accidents. The technology would allow cops parked on the side of the road to gather speed data from passing vehicles without the use of radar guns. In addition, with vehicle tracking, lawmakers could also accomplish their goal of introducing a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) tax, a fee that charges the motorists for every mile they drive.
According to Sedicii Innovation CEO Rob Leslie, an agenda contributor for the 2016 World Economic Meeting, “the availability and resolution of imaging from satellites, drones and self-driving cars will continue to increase exponentially.” This will drive the creation of “ more sophisticated analysis algorithms, products and companies.”
Obviously, the automobile has been transformed from a symbol of freedom mean of surveillance in a centrally-controlled data network in which car companies, insurers and government track, tax and control drivers.