It looks like the green mask is being pulled back in the UK. Today that nations government made public a plan to remotely control vehicles on roads using wi-fi technology in order to reduce traffic and ‘fight global warming.’
Ofcom, the UK government’s regulatory body that controls communications, released a report today outlining a framework for establishing a state control apparatus of private vehicles on the roadways within 10 years.
The authoritarian proposal is being sold by government and corporate media outlets as a way of solving traffic jams and reducing ‘greenhouse gases,’ but the report advocates fitting electronic sensors to all cars that would wirelessly send information to a “central traffic control system.”
The system would then react by imposing remote speed limits on vehicles by making them brake or accelerate according to bureaucratic whim.
“M2M sensors could also be attached to the mechanical parts of a car, such as ABS wheel rotation sensors to measure speed,” the proposal states. “This information could be wirelessly communicated to nearby cars, which have onboard computers that process and react to this information.”
In other words, in the name of reducing traffic and helping the environment, the UK government could at any time seize control of citizens vehicles against their will. You can see how this could be exceptionally troublesome for citizens during times of crisis, instability, or natural disaster – times in which governments routinely impose travel restrictions.
Such a system would also obviously empower the government to catalog the precise travel details of every single driver in the country which could easily be used and abused by local law enforcement agencies.
The UK plan emerged just one day after it was revealed the US Justice Department had built a national database through the DEA for real-time tracking of vehicles, “a secret domestic intelligence-gathering program that scans and stores hundreds of millions of records about motorists.”