Intel’s latest Research Day has sprung up a new vision for “smart” vehicles; a vision that frankly chills us to our very geeky core. Cameras and sensors attached to an Intel Connected Car will record data about your speed, steering and braking, and upon the event of an accident, forward those bits and bytes along to the police and your insurance company. Just makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, doesn’t it?
Don’t get us wrong, the tech foundation here is good — having cars permanently hooked up to the ether can generally be considered a good thing — but what’s being envisioned is as obtrusive as it is irritating. Oh, didn’t we mention that the cars can become self-aware and overrule you if you try to bend the rules of the road? Because they can.