It started out in the race pits.
This article is from a British newspaper today. What's there today will be
here tomorrow, so get ready, because, like so many other things, it's going
to happen no matter what we say. We will no longer be masters of anything,
even our own cars. Cell phones are going to have automatic tracking
devices, and the computers in our cars are going to be used to give control
over to someone else whenever they think it is best for us. I hate it when
someone does something for my own good. It never works out that way.
Police call for remote button to stop cars
Motorists face new 'Big Brother' technology
After speed cameras, road humps and mobile phone bans, there could be more
bad news for Britain's motorists. Police are urging Ministers to give them
the power to stop vehicles by remote control.
In what will be seen as yet another example of the in-creasing power of Big
Brother, drivers face the prospect of their cars being halted by somebody
pushing a button.
'Providing an effective means to remotely stop a vehicle is fast becoming a
priority,' Hammond told a European conference. 'The development of a safe
and controlled system to enable remote stopping has the potential to
directly save lives.'
However, Bert Morris, deputy director of the AA Motoring Trust said: 'People
don't like the idea of Big Brother taking over their driving. In years to
come that might be acceptable, but it's very, very important that there's a
Cars could be stopped by the gradual reduction of engine power so it slowly
comes to a stop, or by making sure when drivers come to a halt they can not
The key is the electronics box in most new cars which, when the driver
presses the accelerator or brake, sends a message to the engine to speed up
or slow down. It can be programmed to limit the speed generally or according
to the position of the car, established via a GPS satellite. For remote
operation, a modem, which works like a mobile phone, can be used tell the
car to slow down or stop.
Similar radio telemetry was used by Formula One pit crews to adjust the
engines of racing cars at up to 200mph - until it was banned this year.
Another link is to technology which would stop cars going above certain
speed limits - either a fixed maximum such as 70mph, or varying according to
the local limit.
Experts now believe the technology could start to be used voluntarily by the
end of the decade and ultimately could be made mandatory.
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