Notes from the Electronic Cottage 5/13/21: Cars Today and Tomorrow, Part 2

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

We’ve mentioned in the past that cars are more and more becoming computers on wheels. Here’s another way that will be happening in the near future – Driver Monitoring Systems. A proposed bill in Congress would make such systems mandatory on all cars made in the US from 2027 on. What are these systems (already being used by long haul trucking companies and now by Amazon delivery vehicles), how do they work, and what might they mean for our personal privacy when we are driving in our own cars? Good questions.

For an explanation of what these systems are and how they work:
What Is a Driver Monitoring System?
What Are the Levels of Automated Driving?
For a very instructive – and perhaps disquieting – video on how Amazon’s version of this tech works:
Amazon Netradyne Driver Information

About the host:
Jim Campbell has a longstanding interest in the intersection of digital technology, law, and public policy and how they affect our daily lives in our increasingly digital world. He has banged around non-commercial radio for decades and, in the little known facts department (that should probably stay that way), he was one of the readers voicing Richard Nixon’s words when NPR broadcast the entire transcript of the Watergate tapes. Like several other current WERU volunteers, he was at the station’s sign-on party on May 1, 1988 and has been a volunteer ever since doing an early stint as a Morning Maine host, and later producing WERU program series including Northern Lights, Conversations on Science and Society, Sound Portrait of the Artist, Selections from the Camden Conference, others that will probably come to him after this is is posted, and, of course, Notes from the Electronic Cottage.