I think the question shouldn't be "What can we do?"
I think it should be "What is the right thing to do?" Society doesn't really need more ways to follow us around and control us. A FOB should open the doors, period! There would be no need for security if we stopped trying to make everything talk to everything. Pretty soon my grass will be telling the sprinklers to turn on, and my house will notify the town I am using water during the drought.
I agree...too many functions on one fob. It could be dangerous. If you lose it, you're compromising not only your vehicle but also accounts linked to your identity. This article is also very brief and doesn't explain all of the specifics of security. In addition, will marketing companies get a hold of the information transmitted from travel and retail purchases? We'll be moving closer and closer to minority report...
In addition, this technology could place an extra burden or would it lighten the burden of the departments of transportation across the nation? How would it help or hinder our law enforcement. Also, how much will it cost governments that are already struggling to pay for basics such as education? This is neat technology, but we will have to regulate its usage, tighten security and find ways to make it cost-effective.
I agree with Mr. Cardena's legitimate fear of the loss of autonomy and identity when it comes to our vehicular rights. I also marvel at the comments poking jest at the situations that could arise if any malfunctions or hacking that occur. But, what about the dangers of a new kind of car theft or malfunctions that could be due to identity theft?
On the other hand, let us consider the benefits. What does this fob technology mean for baby boomers and gray technologies (see Intel's ethnographic research)? What does it mean for those with handicaps or special needs? What does it mean for large families even? This kind of technology is actually already available all over Europe where the SmartChips are used and trusted far more than it is currently in the US.
There are already too many smartcards that can be used to pay for retail purchases in most of the developed Economies. To be used as a e-purse, the auto manufacturers need to tie up with a bank or companies like visa/master to facilitate payment. Definitely this feature will be interesting, if integrated in mobile phones , but for a car key, I would say this feature may be an overkill.
Let's not forget that some current automotive ECUs record several seconds of data which can be used in accident analysis if there is an impact.
How long before such information might be requested by insurance companies or law enforcement to determine fault, etc?
Advances on ID biometrics, RFID, GPS and other implementation of commodity detection, it is starting to make me feel uneasy and concern that we may loose our identity and individual rights of self determination.
It does not look too far away when we may loose the ability, like it is mentioned above, to drive our own vehicles. Not just because of your state of sobriety, but your expired insurance or exceeded / unpaid fines and fees, parking tickets, etc.
I can see local, state and federal entities may have an interest in forcing compliance to their regulations and fees by that type of high tech mechanism. Many metropolitan areas around the country already have automatic readers that bill you directly for toll fees. What is missing so far is the enforcing arm to forces to pay, by not letting you to start your car engine or dispatch a tow truck to collect your vehicle for non-payment, but that day is not too far my friends.
I am all for the cracking on the privilege to drive, on those people that have not demonstrated the common sense, and have been caught more than one once while DWI.
Call me paranoid, but the world of iApps may appeal to the masses now, but is not too far when will be used against ourselves. If identity theft is a problem now, I can start to visualize the nightmares that wait for us. Shield proof your wallet!
Ain't tech great...The more we design, the more we have to figure out how to protect ourselves from it. I am still waiting for the day my CC's, Debit cards say I'm broke at the register and don't exist.