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3/9/2016 08:20 AM EST
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Re: Nice idea but at what cost?
junko.yoshida   3/10/2016 3:36:22 PM
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@LSF0, these are all really good and valid points. It's up to car OEMs to decide (including if their cars allow drivers to "turn things off") and for consumers to reaelly undstand what they are getting into.

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Nice idea but at what cost?
LSF0   3/9/2016 5:34:02 PM
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While there may be several benefits, there are several questions raised by the introduction of "spy" technology into your car:
  • Is the data transmitted or stored?
  • Is the information owned by the driver, the car company or the app provider?
  • Do occupants need to be informed that they are being recorded?
  • Can recorded information be used in a legal case?

I wonder if this information is at least partially driven by manufacturer's legal teams as a way to gather evidence that points to driver error, especially if the data is encrypted or obscured in such a way that only the car companies can access it. Sounds odd, but I believe this is already the practice with engine monitoring data.

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