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Big Price Tag of Self-Driving Cares: Invasion of Privacy

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by Brady Dale, Observer

C-3PO tends to be most people’s first representation of a super smart robot. Star Wars’ beloved protocol droid acts very much as an individual, with its own distinct personality. The films never address the question, but C-3PO’s intellgence appears to reside entirely on the droid’s CPU.

But when artificially intelligent machines become prevalent here in the real world, they won’t work like that at all. Self-driving cars won’t really drive themselves. They will be driven largely by brains in the cloud.

The US House of Representative’s unanimously recently passed a bill offered by Ohio’s Rep. Bob Latta, greenlighting the deployment of autonomous vehicles. Key leaders in the Senate have expressed an appetite for such legislation, but its language on riders’ privacy looks inadequate to some advocates.

All the cars’ many sensors will beam information gathered directly to online navigation systems. That’s piles of data about road conditions, weather and other cars on the road. Those logs can be directly associated with the people riding in the car. It’s the simplest pieces of data about each trip that are probably the most revealing: where it started, where it ended and who was in the car.

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