Does a passport with an RFID chip freak you out? Not if you don’t carry your passport on you. How about RFID-equipped drivers’ licenses? Well, stick the license in a shield and nobody will be the wiser. Never heard of RFID? It’s a chip that needs no power. It sends out a number that identifies you. Think of a barcode on your forehead. How about RFID equipped cars?
Some car manufacturers have quietly equipped cars with RFID chips. I’m not at liberty to disclose their identity, but I can tell you that they know your name as you pull up in front of the dealership’s shop. Car keys with RFID are also becoming en vogue. That’s how the keyless system can open the car for you as you walk up to it. Now, Ford Europe officially embeds RFID chips in their cars.
2000 RFID-equipped Fiesta and Fusion cars leave Ford Cologne per day. The data are used for a benign purpose: To optimize the delivery process. According to Automobilwoche [sub], RFID-equipped cars are delivered 15 percent faster. Erroneous shipments have been practically eliminated. Ford will introduce this system in all of its European plants, and therefore in all of its European cars. “Other uses” of the chip are being researched. With an RFID chip in every car, complicated cameras will no longer be needed. Your number will show up using an inconspicuous reader.