WiFi in Cars a Good Idea?

By Matthew Askari | July 09, 2012
Cars freely sharing data and information via WiFi? It might be inevitable. Several industry analysts have speculated that the future of autonomous driving would depend on an automotive grid, where cars communicate a plethora of data—proximity, speed, routes, etc.—between each other on a shared wireless network. One concern is just what information is being shared, and what data would be susceptible to unwanted eyes. We've reported on Consumer Watchdog's concern regarding Google's autonomous driving cars. The consumer group says Google must become more transparent about the information it collects and stores. "Google claims its mission is to collect and store the world's information and make it accessible. However, when it comes to its plans, it's a black box." Consumer Watchdog also references incidents such as the "Wi-Spy scandal" in which Google's Street View cars "sucked up emails, passwords, and other data from private Wi-Fi networks in 30 countries around the world." It's possible that cars will one day use such a network to communicate information, but should there be specific laws concerning just what information can be collected? Already drivers are able to access the internet, use Google search, access Pandora accounts and the like. Infotainment systems are becoming more common and more advanced. Should there be laws that mandate and regulate this emerging technology? What do you think?
Source: MSN Future of Tech