This could set a few new precidenses and make people rethink some of those nifty on board gadgets in their new cars.
Although It hink I saw something simialar on one of the CSI's a few weeks back. Some body probably saw and said "hey why cant we do this for real.."
Yeah, that OnStar system can be too "big brotherish". I've heard that they can monitor everything that's said in the car since the mic is always "hot", even if the subscription was expired. Supposedly, they've busted drug dealers that way. I read somewhere that after 2008, all OnStar equipped vehicles with have an engine disable feature where the car can be shut off if someone tries to run, thereby preventing a high speed chase. I'll bet sooner or later, ALL new cars will be required to have this.
Between this and GPS, it's conceivable that speeding tickets will be a thing of the past because if they can disable the engine, they can govern the speed according to the location and currently traveled road/highway...
Can you even order a new GM with onstar? Honestly I love my garmin, but I dont think I want to have a unit physically ties to my vehicle.
Maybe I'll just have to make sure my to cars stay in great shape..
Yeah, that OnStar system can be too "big brotherish". I've heard that they can monitor everything that's said in the car since the mic is always "hot", even if the subscription was expired. Supposedly, they've busted drug dealers that way.
I wouldn't freak out too much about this. I work in IT. We support about 10k users in our enterprise. You know of course that people think we read every single e-mail and monitor every key stroke. There are less than 50 people in my dept that actually have the technical know how to do this. As if we have time to read thousands of emails and key strokes each day. So why would GM want to record everyone's conversations? Where whould they store all that data? Any cases where this was used to bust someone were most likely done via a court order to turn on VOX, otherwise it wouldn't even be admisable in court.
As far as the ability for law enforcement to shut off a car, I'm all for it. One death or serious permanant injury is far to high a price to pay to capture a criminal via a chase.
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