As an example of how vehicle tracking works, let’s look at a modern car on the market. If a tracking device is attached to your car and a system picks up signals, the car will respond as follows:
The vehicle (which can be recognized by its antenna and engine) will start to drive away from the tracking device (which can be identified by the signal).
The tracking system will pick up signals from other vehicles, including those not tracked (e.g. those parked alongside you).
The tracking system will start to follow you and other vehicles, even if you are in a lane that is reserved for the other vehicles you follow (e.g. in a parking garage).
The vehicle will drive away from the tracking device, either by following its desired route, or when it reaches the line of traffic that you are not following.
Should I Be Concerned About Vehicle Tracking?
This could be a valid concern for some people, including motoristo fans who naturally have more than an average interest in the motoring industry and in their own vehicles. A specific car manufacturer can use vehicle tracking systems to record your driving, including your speed, location, and time in the vehicle. You might not want the company to know the specifics of your daily commute or trips to the grocery store.
There are other issues as well. For example, car manufacturers can use vehicle tracking systems to offer new services and compete for new customers. In fact, Nissan offered a car tracking service called CarWings. While the service was only available in the United States and Japan, Nissan was able to increase its market share by using vehicle tracking services. Not all tracking services are done with the objective of marketing to new people. Sometimes, whether it be from a family member, friend, etc. a tracking device or bug can be used to keep tabs on someone to see what they do and where they go. So if you suspect that this may be happening, you may want to have a car sweep done to see if this is actually true. Normal tracking devices are already being made aware of, but others put there, not by car manufacturers, can cause upset and distrust.
Should I Be Concerned About Computer Chip Monitoring?
Not really, unless it is very invasive or something illegal. Most car manufacturers monitor how you use your car for the purposes of helping improve your car’s performance. For example, if you use your car too often, it will lose more energy. If you drive recklessly, it will use its battery much more frequently.
As a result, car manufacturers monitor how you use your vehicle in order to improve your vehicle’s performance. In a few years, car manufacturers might also track your car’s GPS location. However, if a car company monitors your location through GPS, it should also monitor it through your computer chip to determine the device’s identity. In some cases, you might get a notification through your computer chip about an issue with your car, or a software update.
Alternatively, the car manufacturer could monitor your location without your permission through your computer chip. For example, if the car is stolen, the computer chip could collect the device’s GPS location and compare it to known stolen cars. The car manufacturer could then offer a service to track stolen vehicles. It might be a useful feature for people who believe their car is stolen, but not so useful if you are merely walking down the street and someone steals your car.
Should I Be Concerned About Metadata Monitoring?
If your car’s hardware is equipped with the hardware for monitoring your location, and you have your computer’s location information stored in your computer’s system, then it is a bit worrying that the car manufacturer has this information about you and your location, even if you do not see a notification.