Submitted by grega on Mon, 2016-10-24 23:15
I suspect that at some point autonomous cars will NEED to label all nearby cars in order to drive better, because that will help track and predict their individual movements in traffic. Each car that gets close will have its number plated added to that tracking, and at that point every car that ever drives near an autonomous car will be trackable.
It doesn't seem to be a huge jump. If a Tesla can read a parking sign, it could read a number plate. And there'd be no reason to not allow police to request every Tesla to report if it had seen a given car suspected in a child abduction. The Tesla AP2 might (eventually) be able to report the movements of another car over a 2km stretch of road while it was occasionally within visual range, and even supply video.
Taken further, will police tap into this kind of technology to allow cars to report speeding or dangerous drivers, or cars with a tail light out, or to identify a long list of cars with traffic infringements?