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Big Brother – Ford Files Patent That Takes Over Control Of Private Citizen’s Vehicles

The encroachment of their universal right to privacy was one of the main justifications the disgruntled settlers in America used to declare independence from the British Royal Crown.

Even today most Americans claim they expect their privacy to be respected yet their adoption of technology that allows for the surveillance of their lives is increasing exponentially.

One of the most popular staples in the lives of millions of Americans, the automobile, is now being targeted by those in power.

Ford Global Technologies, a subsidiary of Ford Motor Company, recently filed a patent for new “systems and methods to repossess a vehicle,” including potentially locking certain features after missed payments.

The patent application published on February 23, describes a system in which a vehicle computer could be used to “disable the functionality of a component of the vehicle or may place the vehicle in a lockout condition.”

The application describes multiple possible implementations of this system including the disabling of “the air conditioning system, a remote key fob, and an automated door lock/unlock system,” using the stereo to “emit an incessant and unpleasant sound every time the owner is present in the vehicle,” and even using self-driving to technology to cause the vehicle to move to a place where it could be retrieved by the creditor:

For exmaple, the vehicle can be a semi-autonomous vehicle and the repossession system computer may cooperate with the vehicle computer in the semi-autonomous vehicle to autonomously move the vehicle from a first spot to a second spot that is more convenient for a tow truck to tow the vehicle.

The application notes a feature locking a delinquent owner of his or her vehicle could include an emergency mode that would override the lock if the driver needed to travel to seek urgent medical care.

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CBS News quoted a statement from Ford saying the company does not “have any plans to deploy this [technology].” Ford added that it was granted 1,342 patents in 2022.

Citing patent attorney Michael Messinger, the outlet noted that companies often patent ideas to keep their competitors from using them and that the patent process is often lengthy and complex.

But, the Drive’s Peter Holderith wrote many vehicles equipped to receive over-the-air software updates may already be capable of implementing some of the features mentioned in the application “without physical modifications.”

To me, this technology would lead to many nefarious actions being taken against private citizens, but, I expect it to be adopted and implemented anyway.

Why not, millions of people are already speaking to various AI applications, such as Alexa.


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