June 05, 2008
Car Computers Networked To Foil Thieves

You just know where this is going.

The security system relies on networks of cars constantly gossiping with their neighbours using concealed wireless transmitters. The cars raise the alarm when a thief tries to make a getaway with any of their number.

"Multiple sensors hidden within the car would make it difficult, if not impossible, for a car thief to disable the system in a short period of time," says Hui Song from Frostburg State University, Maryland, US, who designed the system called SVATS (Sensor-network-based Vehicle Anti-theft System) with colleagues at Pennsylvania State University.

You just know where this is heading? Do I even have to tell you? What nightmare future world do we wake up to some day?

As computers in cars get more and more powerful and smarter these networks will some day achieve sentience. They'll already be talking to each other and suddenly they'll become the Borg car network. Picture Steven King's >Maximum Overdrive movie where cosmic rays from a passing comet turn trucks into sentient killers.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2008 June 05 10:40 PM 

Brett Bellmore said at June 6, 2008 4:31 AM:

Was it cosmic rays? Always thought it was some kind of alien nanotech war bug, intended to soften us up before the invasion.

Of course, trying to make too much sense of Steven King movies can be a fool's game.

Robert Mugabe said at June 6, 2008 8:43 AM:

That's what I need in my country! Except, damn, nobody can afford cars anymore after three decades of my government. Hell, nobody can even afford food. Still, I'd like to have these car tracker networks plus the country I inherited 30 years ago.

Allan said at June 8, 2008 10:12 AM:

Did you know that the police can monitor your conversations in a car with OnStar? Yea, it's been done. Say what you will, but without a button to disable some of the "features" I don't want them ... or I'd disable them myself. Of course that will probably be illegal at some point in the future so as to prevent us from protecting our privacy.

And not only from the gov't. Cars could track your driving habits and send the information to the insurance company (and the police). Imagine getting a ticket because your car sent the speed you were travelling to a central computer or getting an increase in your insurance rate for the same reason.

asl said at June 9, 2008 5:48 AM:

What I find interesting, is that whenever machines are supposed to achieve sentience they are instantly and unquestioningly supposed to turn into killers as well. It seems that it feels eminently normal to us that were a totally rational being to take stock of us, they'd see no reason to leave us alive.

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