China wants to control their cars with an identification chip
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There a follow vehicle in real time? Officially, it's for a good cause
In the context of a program launched by the Ministry of Public Security of China, Shenzhen is among the first group of Chinese cities, with Beijing and Wuxi (Jiangsu Province), which use chips to identify vehicles and, explain the local authorities, "improving traffic management."
Chinese authorities DEFEND THIS IS HELPFUL FOR CHIP greenlight USES IN TRAFFIC LIGHTS TO BUSES AND THAT DOES NOT COMPROMISE THE PRIVACY OF DRIVERS.
The official position has to do with the intention to initiate the development of an intelligent traffic management in the city and deal with illegal activities with false number plates, duplicate plates and even related to vehicle registration offenses. It explained that even greater control of vehicles through the identification chips can be helpful in cases of theft.
How does it work
The RFID chip is integrated into a card that fits in the palm of your hand. It is detected with a special device police at a maximum distance of 20 meters, and the information collected is combined with the rest of traffic monitoring equipment.
As explained by the Chinese authorities, the chip only contains data such as vehicle registration number and color, but the cards do not have a geotagging, so the location of the vehicle maintaining your privacy.
For now, the obligation to keep the ID chip affects school buses, taxis and buses, and heavy vehicles such as transport of dangerous goods, dump trucks and trailers. For the month of May, all vehicles of the types concerned should bear the corresponding identifier.
The future of vehicle tracking, discussion
So far has not released a timetable for private cars have to incorporate the identification chip. The measure takes announcing for nearly a year, and not all citizens of Shenzhen waiting with open arms precisely. In a survey of 1,720 people, 64% were against tracking chips, and 79% expressed fear that can leak your personal data.
As for the measure favorable to track vehicles surveyed, 25.9% said that the role of the chips would be purely vehicle identification, not of citizens, despite the great Asian country is going through a flagrant privacy crisis, and 22% expect that their use could be used to improve traffic management in the city.
Beyond the specific situation that exists in the Chinese city, or you can live in the three Chinese cities that will serve as a pilot for control of vehicles, are questions that can preoccupy any driver of any country, to the more than likely possibility that in the not too distant future, your vehicle should share information with the infrastructure and other vehicles.
EXPERIENCE CHINA IF IT WORKS, THAT COULD GIVE WINGS WORLDWIDE connectivity between vehicles and between vehicle and infrastructure.
Can cars connected compromise the privacy of the driver? It depends on how you look. If we think about a driver who wants to know how government moves every single citizen and where, flake the thing, a lot. If you do not enter conspiranoico so surely accept that traffic management can improve if the most common vehicle movements are known, or if their movements are processed in real time by tracking enabling technology.
Finally, if we accept that any activity we do down the road with our vehicle is anything but private thing, and less with the huge number of cameras used to monitor our movements, then the debate is over quickly. Without that being necessarily good news.