The increasing connectivity of cars, with GPS systems and other computers becoming more common, raises questions about drivers’ privacy, the US transportation secretary warned on Monday.
Speaking at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Anthony Foxx said a balance had to be struck between the convenience and safety of drivers with their expectations of privacy.
A senior executive at the Ford motor company was forced to hastily withdraw claims he made last week about the ability of the carmaker to track its drivers using new technology. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week Ford’s Jim Farley, global vice-president of marketing and sales, initially claimed the GPS units installed in the company’s cars meant the company knew when drivers were speeding and where they weren’t.
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