The dangers of Big Tech are finally being debated.
People are finally coming to grips with the effects of new phenomena like social media.
Now Ford is planning to add one feature to its cars that will send a chill down your spine.
There has been a major push toward electric vehicles, self-driving cars, and even fully driverless cars.
One of the concerns of such developments is that they allow for more central control.
And Ford issued a patent for technology that would allow the company to essentially repossess a car remotely for nonpayment.
The application stated, “In some cases, 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 first spot may, for example, be located inside the property line of the owner (a garage or a driveway, for example) and the second spot may be outside the property line (a public road, for example).”
People should obviously pay their bills, but it’s easy to see how such technology could be misused.
Authoritarian governments will love “remote repossession” technology
The application continued, “In some other cases, the vehicle can be an autonomous vehicle and the repossession system computer may cooperate with the vehicle computer to autonomously move the vehicle from the premises of the owner to a location such as, for example, the premises of the repossession agency, the premises of the lending institution, an impound pound, or any other pre-designated location.”
The past few years have been a huge wake-up for how the government can coerce businesses to do its bidding.
For example, many conservatives and counter-narrative liberals have been banned from social media, payment processors, and even banks.
People have been banned from services like Uber and Airbnb because of their political views.
Government officials and like-minded “woke” corporations could see fit to bar people from traveling in the name of safety for a whole host of left-wing policies priorities.
Jurisdictions are already flirting with climate-inspired lockdowns.
Technological advancement is necessary, but there should be vigilance with regard to technologies that make citizens less free.
According to CBS News, Ford does not “have any plans to deploy this [technology],” but bad ideas start with a simple notion.
Stay tuned to Unmuzzled News for any updates to this ongoing story.