Next thing you’ll have to disable: The ‘intelligent speed limiter’ on your car

Next thing you’ll have to disable: The ‘intelligent speed limiter’ on your car

Some of us saw this coming.

Some months ago, I did an article (Heebie Jeebies) about what I suspected was on deck.

I began to notice that the new cars I was getting to test drive and review that had GPS (which these days is almost all of them) were aware of my speeding. The GPS map that shows the road you’re on also told you (oh-so-helpfully) the speed limit on that road. A little icon that looked exactly like a white with black numerals roadside speed limit sign popped up — and stayed up — as you drove. It changed as the speed limit changed: 55 to 45 to 35, and so on. …

I noticed one day that if I drove faster than the posted limit, the little icon immediately turned angry red. The car knew I was speeding. And almost certainly by exactly how much. Every new car — every car built since the mid-’90s — has wheel speed sensors (a component of the ABS, which virtually all modern cars have and have had for more than a decade at least) as well as OBD II — On Board Diagnostics — which knows pretty much everything about how the car is driven, including its speed at any given moment.

This data is also stored in the car’s Event Data Recorder, or “black box” (recently mandated by the government) and can be accessed without your consent by third parties — the coppers, the insurance mafia — and will be used against you.)

In the earlier article, I noted that the technology already exists (and its adoption is being pushed) to real-time monitor your velocity. It would be as simple turning a light switch for the insurance mafia — or the coppers — to fine you (or “adjust” your premiums) for every single instance of “speeding.”

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