Wednesday August 17, 2016

Your Tesla Is Watching You

I'm not so sure I like the idea of my car tracking my every move. Who can access that data? Can it be subpoenaed? Can the automaker store it or sell it to third parties? Yeah, I think I'll be sticking with my 45 year old muscle car. Thanks.

In order to use the autopilot’s functions, a Tesla customer must pay for the software system. But even if they don’t choose this option, the built-in sensors are constantly recording information about its environment and how the driver is navigating through it. This enables every vehicle it makes to become a mobile data collector (whether the owner pays for the autopilot functions or not), and has allowed Tesla to begin catching up to Google, which has a significant head start on autonomous drive technology but a limited fleet with which to test and train its system.