Smart cars and driver identification

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Smart cars and driver identificationOn board computers in cars can identify driver patterns and make accurate predictions after as little as 90 minutes’ worth of driving data. If profiling is this accurate, what implications might this have for the driving population at large in terms of driver identity and behaviour? University researchers have already determined that they do need not much data to identify safe and efficient drivers – and presumably those that fall into the opposite camp – based on predictive analyses.

This is perhaps a natural extension to those devices already offered by some insurance companies which monitor driver behaviour digitally in exchange for lower insurance premiums. But as with all this smart technology, there is a more sinister prospect too as the same researchers showed that they were able to hack into and affect the braking system on one particular vehicle. The full implications of this type of data harvest have perhaps yet to be understood.

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