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Will self-driving cars represent a new mode for surveillance?

A new academic study suggests that in the future, self-driving cars will provide so much valuable information on passengers that they could be used for surveillance purposes. In fact, professor Luis F. Alvarez León of Dartmouth believes that “self-driving cars will represent a new mode for surveillance.”

Companies will be able to collect highly specific data on passengers “through a self-driving car’s global positioning, system, navigational tools, and other data collection mechanisms.” Firms can then sell this data, which can be used for a wide variety of purposes, from marketing to surveillance.

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