Automakers will be forced to install the new technology on vehicles that the Transportation Department is tasked to develop.
According to the broadly-written legislation, the system must “passively monitor the performance of a driver of a motor vehicle to accurately identify whether that driver may be impaired.”
It may not entail blowing into a tube, but the system could involve something even more Orwellian: infrared cameras that track and monitor driver behavior.
According to AP’s report:
“That technology is already being installed by automakers such as General Motors, BMW, and Nissan to track driver attentiveness while using partially automated driver-assist systems. The cameras make sure a driver is watching the road, and they look for signs of drowsiness, loss of consciousness, or impairment.”
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Ostensibly, the “driver behavior” monitoring system could expand later on for “carbon tax” enforcement, such as charging drivers who drive too fast, for example.
For one thing, the infrastructure bill also proposes a “national test program” to “collect driver’s data” for charging them “per-mile travel fees,” according to The Intercept.
“Under the proposal, the government would collect information about the miles that drivers travel from smartphone apps, another on-board device, automakers, insurance companies, gas stations, or other means. For now, the initiative would only be a test effort — the government would solicit volunteers who drive commercial and passenger vehicles — but the idea still raises concerns about the government tracking people’s private data.”
Recently, climate alarmist Al Gore promoted surveillance technology to “identify” those most responsible for “climate change.”
“Next year we’ll have it down to the level of every single power plant, refinery, every large ship, every plane, every waste dump, and we’ll have the identities of the people who are responsible for each of those greenhouse gas emission streams, and if investors or governments, or civil society activists want to hold them responsible, they will have the information upon which to base their action and holding them responsible,” he said in an interview.