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China’s Electronic Tracking Program for Cars Could Pave the Way for Autonomous Driving

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The Chinese Government has started a pioneer car electronic tracking project involving more than 200,000 cars, with the aim to clamp down on crime and irresponsible drivers; the project could eventually be widened to all private vehicles in Shenzhen – where the pilot programme was started, and later throughout the whole of China.

Initially,  the IDs were issued to 8 types of vehicle,  including heavy duty trucks, school buses, and vehicles carrying hazardous material. The programme could be used as a solution to tax vehicles based on where and how much they are driven.

The company behind the technology is the CASC (China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation).

What this means is that China may soon have autonomous driving that calls for a vehicle to communicate with all other vehicles and the traffic infrastructure in real time.  This would allow for greater safety and fewer traffic jams. China’s driving population is growing astonishingly fast, and this advance in technology could indeed save money and many  headaches.

The only problems here are concerns about privacy and civil liberties.  With such technology that can track a driver all over, what if the government used it for spying or what if criminals got a hold of one’s personal data?

That may be a major concern, but considering how fast China is building roads and how many people are now able to afford cars, this type of technology would sooner come into being.

The process involves using electronic markers that use radio frequency identification which will be used in tandem with traffic monitoring equipment.

Overall, this form of electronic tracking should be used for the good of one and all.  Allowing for data that can help drivers and police (tackling with fake licence plates and other illegal activities), rescue personnel quicker and give valuable traffic data for smarter and more optimized traffic utilization.

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Dean Smith