Your Automobile is Telling the Police About You

I don’t know if this is a good thing or a bad thing. In this case it certainly was good but I can envision other situations that would qualify as “Big Brother is watching you.”

A Florida woman’s own car snitched on her after she allegedly rear-ended two vehicles and left the scene without reporting the accident to the authorities. The news report doesn’t specify the company involved but I suspect it was OnStar. I have OnStar in one of my vehicles and am quite familiar with the company’s products.

The system activated when sensors in the car detected a sudden change of speed or movement. An emergency call was automatically placed from the automobile to the (OnStar?) dispatcher who can pinpoint the precise location of the incident using information supplied by the vehicle’s GPS unit. That phone call was also recorded.

The driver assured the dispatcher that there was no problem and no accident. However, the dispatcher could see the severity of the sudden change equalled that of an impact and became suspicious. He or she called the local authorities giving the name of the automobile’s owner and the exact present latitude and longitude of the auto involved.

A few minutes later the driver was arrested for the hit-and-run accident.

Details are available at

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