Re: RFID Chips In Windshields: Simple Way To Catch Bad Guys
Bolovia makes a great poster child for this, because we don't necessarily think of them as being a technology pioneer - if they can pull it off, who else can? The video mentions matching the car's RFID with it's license plate - does this mean all gas stations have to have suitable cameras as well? What about false positives from the cameras getting plate #s wrong? This adds to the cost. We also have more complexity here in the US that would make it difficult. Not just the amount of cars; think about states where people would be resistant to this on principle (like 'Live Free or Die' New Hampshire) - then, if some states implement and others don't, how does interstate regulation work? Similar problems come up for golf clubs, etc - what if you don't mind being a VIP sometimes, but other times you don't want to be bothered? You need two sets of clubs? What about first-sale doctrine for relevant goods?
Irritation at police having yet another excuse to pull one over is warranted, as are privacy concerns - actually, this reminded me of your article on retinal scans from the other week, so I was surprised not to hear you come down more in favor of privacy - but it does have some benefit for the motorist. The old 'license and registration' process can be pretty painful. I went on a trip with friends the other week, and we got pulled over because our (newly purchased) car wasn't registered in the state we were driving through. Although the owner was pretty sure he was in the grace period, he wasn't certain. The officer dissapeared for almost 20 minutes before coming back and saying that she wasn't certain, either - but she handed him a $60 ticket, just for the heck of it. An RFID system could eliminate this uncertainty and, moreover, save you a bit of time if you're going to get a ticket anyway.