New technology means new capabilities, especially when it comes to new cars but how much is too much?
A survey just released by AAA Mid-Atlantic asked Virginia motorists what they thought about in-vehicle technology that collects data on driving behaviors and habits, among other things. The results were not positive.
AAA describes the technology as a “smart phone on wheels” that generates information about you as a driver.
"You should not be able to be tracked,” said driver Josh Gooden. “Period."
It's called the new generation of "connected cars." The latest models of many vehicles now have in-car technology that can basically keep an eye on your every move behind the wheel.
"I think it's a gross violation of our rights to privacy,” said Blaine McQueen. “I think with all this new technology you don't have the legal framework to keep up with it because technology is growing at a rate that legal experts can't keep up with so we don't have the laws to protect us."
According to AAA, the new technology can detect and record how fast you are going, when you hit the brakes, if you're wearing a seat belt and even your whereabouts.
"I don't want anybody knowing where I'm going,” said Jasmine Oty. “Okay, you can know how fast I'm going, but I don't want you to know where I'm going."
Many motorists are concerned about the "sees all, knows all" technology. In fact, more than 9 out of 10 motorists want tougher laws and policies to protect consumer's rights when it comes to recording and sharing the information.
"Whether on a federal or state level, we just have to wait for the laws to catch up to the technology," said McQueen.
Drivers said if laws aren't put in place, they might be forced to opt out of buying a new car simply to avoid this new technology.
"I feel like I'm being watched or something,” said Otey. “I don't want to feel like I can't get a new car because I'm gonna be watched."
Some of the technology can be useful. The devices can keep track of how the vehicle is performing and where motorists drive, which in the case of an emergency, makes it easier to get roadside assistance. But AAA Mid-Atlantic said there are problems when motorists lose control of that information being generated.