Friday, December 11, 2015

Florida Woman: My Car Tattled On Me


So the question is, even though it's not listed in the article, does Toyota's new safety system do this? And how do you feel about it?

Me? I'm not a hit and run driver so frankly, I don't care. Yes, there are clearly other implications of the story but let's be realistic, there are other entities already tracking everywhere you go through your phone, whether it's Google or your insurance company.

Still and all, interesting...

As reported by local news outlets, an unusual 911 call to emergency services took place on Friday in Port St. Lucie, Florida. You would usually expect a human voice on the end of the line, but in this scenario, a Ford vehicle alerted the police to a collision.
57-year-old woman Cathy Bernstein allegedly hit a truck before ploughing into a van on Prima Vista Boulevard, fleeing the scene after each collision. While Bernstein allegedly ran for the hills, her car had already recorded the crash and automatically contacted 911 after recording the time and date of the collision.
The car's safety features, used by by Ford, BMW and other automakers, make use of sensors and Internet connectivity to shave down the time emergency responders take to get to the scene of an accident.
As an example, Ford's SYNC's Emergency Assistance portal pushes the car to send a direct call to emergency services when the airbag is deployed or the fuel pump is deactivated -- such as when a car suffers a sudden jolt against an object.

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Bernstein was tracked down by police, taken to hospital and then cooled her heels in a jail cell.
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By 2018, every new vehicle sold within the grasp of the European Union must have this kind of emergency responder technology installed. While originally planned for 2015, despite delays, the EU says eCall emergency responder technology could save up to 2,500 lives a year.