A recent video about the impact of monitoring technology on the long-range trucking industry discusses so-called “electronic logging devices” and their effect on drivers. However, it doesn’t take the next logical step. If these regulations appear to reduce accident rates and increase safety for truckers, how long will it take before the electronic devices they mandate appear in consumer vehicles, too? Is there any technical or regulatory reason why the authorities should not mandate that every driver on the road must use them – or be forbidden to drive at all?
Watch the video with that in mind.
Given the massive increase in the number of computer chips in modern vehicles, I can’t think of a single reason why such monitoring systems couldn’t be designed into our cars and pickups from the ground up. If we, as drivers, failed to comply with their requirements, those systems could simply disable our vehicles, or force us to drive at greatly reduced speeds, all in the name of “safety”.
Even if that doesn’t apply countrywide, you might find cities with big traffic problems forcing the adoption of such policies as a method to control drivers. For example, in areas where there’s a slowdown or traffic jam, vehicles approaching them could be electronically commanded to slow down, or their drivers “advised” to take an alternate route. If police wanted to catch a fugitive, vehicles all over town could be instructed to slow down, making sure more of them would be caught in the dragnet, because they couldn’t speed past a potential roadblock before it could be set up.
The possibilities for “Big Brother” are endless. I’m sure plans like that are already among the wet dreams of the statists among us.