The Truth About Cars » Privacy http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Wed, 04 May 2016 20:39:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Let Your Fingers do the Blocking: Craigslist’s Paranoid Plate Appendages http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/05/let-your-fingers-do-the-blocking-craigslists-paranoid-plate-appendages/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/05/let-your-fingers-do-the-blocking-craigslists-paranoid-plate-appendages/#comments Mon, 02 May 2016 20:05:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1335250 TTAC commenter Piston Slap Yo Mamma has given us a great gift. While perusing used cars on his local Craigslist site, he noticed a trend occurring in the vehicle images. Fingers. Lots of them. Obscuring license plates. Possibly, revealing more about the driver than the plate itself. So numerous were these crooked appendages, often topped […]

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TTAC commenter Piston Slap Yo Mamma has given us a great gift. While perusing used cars on his local Craigslist site, he noticed a trend occurring in the vehicle images. Fingers. Lots of them. Obscuring license plates. Possibly, revealing more about the driver than the plate itself. So numerous were these crooked appendages, often topped […]

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Transunion Deploys Great New Tool for Stalking and Killing Ex-Wives http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/transunion-deploys-great-new-tool-stalking-killing-ex-wives/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/transunion-deploys-great-new-tool-stalking-killing-ex-wives/#comments Thu, 28 Apr 2016 13:00:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1333050 The phrase “disruptive technology” has long since been co-opted to mean “a new iPhone app for people to share photos of their meals” but it has an original and genuine meaning as well: any technology that matures faster than society’s ability to use it constructively. The list of disruptive technologies includes entries as diverse as […]

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The phrase “disruptive technology” has long since been co-opted to mean “a new iPhone app for people to share photos of their meals” but it has an original and genuine meaning as well: any technology that matures faster than society’s ability to use it constructively. The list of disruptive technologies includes entries as diverse as […]

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‘Can I Have Your License, Registration and Phone, Please’ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/can-license-registration-phone-please/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/can-license-registration-phone-please/#comments Tue, 12 Apr 2016 15:00:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1322514 As the state of New York debates new distracted driving legislation, an Israeli firm is putting the finishing touches on a “textalyzer” device that could rat out drivers for using their phone before a crash. Israeli mobile forensics firm Cellebrite developed the data-scanning device, according to Ars Technica, which could become the newest — and most controversial — law […]

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As the state of New York debates new distracted driving legislation, an Israeli firm is putting the finishing touches on a “textalyzer” device that could rat out drivers for using their phone before a crash. Israeli mobile forensics firm Cellebrite developed the data-scanning device, according to Ars Technica, which could become the newest — and most controversial — law […]

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Toyota Embraces Big Data (Science), Spins Off a Company http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/toyota-embraces-big-data-science-spins-off-company/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/toyota-embraces-big-data-science-spins-off-company/#comments Mon, 04 Apr 2016 19:00:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1318330   Your vehicle’s technology is enslaving you, and Toyota wants to help you break free. Today, Toyota has become the latest automaker to create a subsidiary tasked with generating new technology and innovation for its parent company. Called Toyota Connected Inc., the venture is a collaboration with Microsoft that will serve as a data science and […]

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  Your vehicle’s technology is enslaving you, and Toyota wants to help you break free. Today, Toyota has become the latest automaker to create a subsidiary tasked with generating new technology and innovation for its parent company. Called Toyota Connected Inc., the venture is a collaboration with Microsoft that will serve as a data science and […]

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DOT Goes Wikileaks on Dealers, Puts Your Car’s Secrets Online http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/dot-goes-wikileaks-dealers-puts-cars-secrets-online/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/dot-goes-wikileaks-dealers-puts-cars-secrets-online/#comments Thu, 31 Mar 2016 17:00:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1315682 Your vehicle’s hidden flaws and most shocking (mechanical) secrets will soon be just a click away. The Department of Transportation is ending the clandestine relationship between your car’s dealer and the manufacturer by posting all Technical Service Bulletins (TSB) online, according to Consumer Reports. TSBs, which outline the recommended procedure for repairing vehicles, will be […]

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Your vehicle’s hidden flaws and most shocking (mechanical) secrets will soon be just a click away. The Department of Transportation is ending the clandestine relationship between your car’s dealer and the manufacturer by posting all Technical Service Bulletins (TSB) online, according to Consumer Reports. TSBs, which outline the recommended procedure for repairing vehicles, will be […]

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True to His Word, Chip Perry is Revamping TrueCar http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/true-word-chip-perry-revamping-truecar/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/true-word-chip-perry-revamping-truecar/#comments Mon, 28 Mar 2016 17:00:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1313146 TrueCar, the prolific third-party car shopping site, is changing the way it does business in the hopes of mending dealer relations and reversing the company’s flagging fortunes. When TrueCar president and CEO Chip Perry took the helm of the site last December, his stated goal was to make amends with ornery partners and bring the […]

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TrueCar, the prolific third-party car shopping site, is changing the way it does business in the hopes of mending dealer relations and reversing the company’s flagging fortunes. When TrueCar president and CEO Chip Perry took the helm of the site last December, his stated goal was to make amends with ornery partners and bring the […]

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Time To Be Vigilant About Vigilant Solutions’ Spying On Motorists? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/time-vigilant-vigilant-solutions-spying-motorists/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/time-vigilant-vigilant-solutions-spying-motorists/#comments Tue, 02 Feb 2016 14:00:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1276593 You probably don’t know much about Vigilant Systems, but the company likely knows more about you than you know about them. That because Vigilant Systems is in the business of knowing. The company has so far collected about 2.8 billion license plate photos with its network of cameras, and every month it adds another 70-80 million photos, […]

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You probably don’t know much about Vigilant Systems, but the company likely knows more about you than you know about them. That because Vigilant Systems is in the business of knowing. The company has so far collected about 2.8 billion license plate photos with its network of cameras, and every month it adds another 70-80 million photos, […]

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SURPRISE: Some Bus Drivers, Police in Chicago Not Required to Pay Speed Camera Fines http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/surprise-bus-drivers-police-chicago-not-required-pay-speed-camera-fines/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/surprise-bus-drivers-police-chicago-not-required-pay-speed-camera-fines/#comments Wed, 30 Dec 2015 22:00:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1253193 A Chicago Tribune investigation has uncovered that the city’s speed cameras have nabbed school bus drivers, police, public employees and city bus drivers more than 8,000 times over the past two years. In most cases the tickets were passed on to the drivers, but in some cases — bus drivers and police driving unmarked cars […]

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A Chicago Tribune investigation has uncovered that the city’s speed cameras have nabbed school bus drivers, police, public employees and city bus drivers more than 8,000 times over the past two years. In most cases the tickets were passed on to the drivers, but in some cases — bus drivers and police driving unmarked cars […]

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BMW, Audi, Mercedes Finish Purchase of Nokia’s Mapmaking Division; Cartography Now Acceptable As College Major http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/bmw-audi-mercedes-finish-purchase-nokias-mapmaking-division-cartography-now-acceptable-college-major/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/bmw-audi-mercedes-finish-purchase-nokias-mapmaking-division-cartography-now-acceptable-college-major/#comments Fri, 04 Dec 2015 19:00:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1236009 No one will laugh at you for majoring in cartography anymore. Well, maybe not everyone. — Aaron Daimler AG, Audi and BMW announced Friday that the trio had completed its purchase of Nokia’s mapmaking business, HERE, which the trio announced they were seeking to purchase in August. The companies didn’t specify details about the transaction, […]

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No one will laugh at you for majoring in cartography anymore. Well, maybe not everyone. — Aaron Daimler AG, Audi and BMW announced Friday that the trio had completed its purchase of Nokia’s mapmaking business, HERE, which the trio announced they were seeking to purchase in August. The companies didn’t specify details about the transaction, […]

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Photographer Charged with Trespassing, Battery Near Tesla ‘Gigafactory’ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/photographer-charged-trespassing-battery-near-tesla-gigafactory/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/photographer-charged-trespassing-battery-near-tesla-gigafactory/#comments Tue, 13 Oct 2015 20:25:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1194642 Police say a photographer with the Reno Gazette-Journal on Oct. 9 trespassed at Tesla’s battery factory in Nevada and struck security guards there with a car. According to Storey County Chief Deputy Melanie Keener, the photographer, Jose Andrews Barron, was charged with misdemeanor trespassing and two counts of felony battery. He was taken to Storey County […]

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Police say a photographer with the Reno Gazette-Journal on Oct. 9 trespassed at Tesla’s battery factory in Nevada and struck security guards there with a car. According to Storey County Chief Deputy Melanie Keener, the photographer, Jose Andrews Barron, was charged with misdemeanor trespassing and two counts of felony battery. He was taken to Storey County […]

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Apparently All Cars Can Be Hacked Now: Insurance Dongle Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/apparently-cars-can-hacked-now-insurance-dongle-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/apparently-cars-can-hacked-now-insurance-dongle-edition/#comments Tue, 11 Aug 2015 17:00:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1138530 Hackers say they may be able to control any vehicle with a telematics-enabled sensor — including a popular sensor that insurance companies use for consumers — plugged into the car’s diagnostic port, according to Wired report (via The Verge). In recent weeks, several hacks have surfaced — Chrysler, General Motors and Telsa — related to specific […]

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Hackers say they may be able to control any vehicle with a telematics-enabled sensor — including a popular sensor that insurance companies use for consumers — plugged into the car’s diagnostic port, according to Wired report (via The Verge). In recent weeks, several hacks have surfaced — Chrysler, General Motors and Telsa — related to specific […]

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OnStar Hack Can Open Doors, Start Car, Track Driver http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/onstar-hack-can-open-doors-start-car-track-driver/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/onstar-hack-can-open-doors-start-car-track-driver/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:00:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1129417 Not content with scaring the bejesus out of Chrysler owners, Wired has uncovered a hacker who says he can open a GM car with OnStar, start it or track it remotely. The only thing he can’t do is put the car in gear or steer it, which still requires a key. Hacker Samy Kamkar says […]

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Not content with scaring the bejesus out of Chrysler owners, Wired has uncovered a hacker who says he can open a GM car with OnStar, start it or track it remotely. The only thing he can’t do is put the car in gear or steer it, which still requires a key. Hacker Samy Kamkar says […]

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Phoenix Suburb Installing License Plate Readers To Thwart Rare Burglary Activity http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/phoenix-suburb-installing-license-plate-readers-to-thwart-rare-burglary-activity/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/phoenix-suburb-installing-license-plate-readers-to-thwart-rare-burglary-activity/#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 20:00:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1068658 Police in Paradise Valley, Arizona are planning to install 15 license plate readers to aid in thwarting burglaries in the Phoenix suburb. The LPRs are the result of an anonymous donation of $234,000 to Paradise Valley Police Department, with 11 of the devices set to be installed in fake cactus plants, Ars Technica reports. The […]

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Police in Paradise Valley, Arizona are planning to install 15 license plate readers to aid in thwarting burglaries in the Phoenix suburb. The LPRs are the result of an anonymous donation of $234,000 to Paradise Valley Police Department, with 11 of the devices set to be installed in fake cactus plants, Ars Technica reports. The […]

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Virginia Set To Establish Strict Retention Limits On LPR Data http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/virginia-set-establish-strict-retention-limits-lpr-data/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/virginia-set-establish-strict-retention-limits-lpr-data/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:00:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1046218 The Commonwealth of Virginia is ready to set strict limits on how long license plate reader data can be retained, said limits being on the order of days. Autoblog reports two bills hit Governor Terry McAuliffe’s desk Wednesday that would balance the citizens’ right to privacy with law enforcement’s need to investigate potential crimes. One […]

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The Commonwealth of Virginia is ready to set strict limits on how long license plate reader data can be retained, said limits being on the order of days. Autoblog reports two bills hit Governor Terry McAuliffe’s desk Wednesday that would balance the citizens’ right to privacy with law enforcement’s need to investigate potential crimes. One […]

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Homeland Security Re-evaluating License-Plate Reader Database Plan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/homeland-security-re-evaluating-license-plate-reader-database-plan/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/homeland-security-re-evaluating-license-plate-reader-database-plan/#comments Mon, 06 Apr 2015 11:00:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1039049 Over a year after Homeland Security passed on building a national license-plate reader database, the department is once again interested. Autoblog reports DHS is this time seeking a commercial solution already on the market, instead of looking to contractors to build the database as the department once desired. Going the commercial route would help bolster […]

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Over a year after Homeland Security passed on building a national license-plate reader database, the department is once again interested. Autoblog reports DHS is this time seeking a commercial solution already on the market, instead of looking to contractors to build the database as the department once desired. Going the commercial route would help bolster […]

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Oakland PD Turns Over 4.6M License Plate Dataset Via Public Records Request http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/oakland-pd-turns-4-6m-license-plate-dataset-via-public-records-request/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/oakland-pd-turns-4-6m-license-plate-dataset-via-public-records-request/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:00:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1030273 Via a public records request, the Oakland Police Department has turned over 4.6 million reads of 1.1 million unique plates recorded between 2010 and 2014. Ars Technica made the request, resulting in the aforementioned license-plate reader dataset made between December 23, 2010 and May 31, 2014. The publication then hired a data visualization specialist to […]

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Via a public records request, the Oakland Police Department has turned over 4.6 million reads of 1.1 million unique plates recorded between 2010 and 2014. Ars Technica made the request, resulting in the aforementioned license-plate reader dataset made between December 23, 2010 and May 31, 2014. The publication then hired a data visualization specialist to […]

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Zetsche: Google Better Off As Supplier Than As Automaker http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/zetsche-google-better-off-supplier-automaker/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/zetsche-google-better-off-supplier-automaker/#comments Mon, 16 Feb 2015 14:00:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1002106 Google may have the right stuff to shake up the auto industry, but Dr. Z doesn’t believe the tech giant will ever be an automaker in its own right. Reuters reports Daimler AG CEO Dieter Zetsche said as much in a meeting with analysts last week, when he suggested Google focus its energy on learning […]

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Google may have the right stuff to shake up the auto industry, but Dr. Z doesn’t believe the tech giant will ever be an automaker in its own right. Reuters reports Daimler AG CEO Dieter Zetsche said as much in a meeting with analysts last week, when he suggested Google focus its energy on learning […]

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DOD: Connected Technologies Growing More Vulnerable To Sabotage http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/dod-connected-technologies-growing-vulnerable-sabotage/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/dod-connected-technologies-growing-vulnerable-sabotage/#comments Tue, 10 Feb 2015 12:00:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=995314 As connected technologies make inroads into vehicles et al, the growing possibility of sabotage has the Department of Defense and DARPA on notice. Per Jalopnik, CBS’ “60 Minutes” spent some time with DARPA Information Innovation Office chief Dan Kaufman to explore the vulnerabilities of connected technology coming into play not only on the road, but […]

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As connected technologies make inroads into vehicles et al, the growing possibility of sabotage has the Department of Defense and DARPA on notice. Per Jalopnik, CBS’ “60 Minutes” spent some time with DARPA Information Innovation Office chief Dan Kaufman to explore the vulnerabilities of connected technology coming into play not only on the road, but […]

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ACLU: Drug Enforcement Administration Tracking Plates Since 2008 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/aclu-drug-enforcement-administration-tracking-plates-since-2008/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/aclu-drug-enforcement-administration-tracking-plates-since-2008/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:00:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=989522 It’s not just auto lenders and police who track plates: The Drug Enforcement Administration has collected 343 million records since 2008. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, the DEA’s National License Plate Recognition program has at least 100 license plate readers deployed by the agency in states such as California, New Jersey and Georgia, […]

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It’s not just auto lenders and police who track plates: The Drug Enforcement Administration has collected 343 million records since 2008. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, the DEA’s National License Plate Recognition program has at least 100 license plate readers deployed by the agency in states such as California, New Jersey and Georgia, […]

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US Data Privacy Guidelines Not Compatible With Euro Privacy Laws http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/us-data-privacy-guidelines-compatible-euro-privacy-laws/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/us-data-privacy-guidelines-compatible-euro-privacy-laws/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:00:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=949937 Just as with emissions and headlamps, standards recently adopted in the United States regarding consumer data and privacy won’t be compatible elsewhere, specifically in Europe. Per Automotive News Europe, Stephan Appt, legal director of Munich, Germany-based international law firm Pinsent Masons, says the standards developed by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of […]

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Just as with emissions and headlamps, standards recently adopted in the United States regarding consumer data and privacy won’t be compatible elsewhere, specifically in Europe. Per Automotive News Europe, Stephan Appt, legal director of Munich, Germany-based international law firm Pinsent Masons, says the standards developed by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of […]

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Daimler, Volkswagen Urge Independence From Google Data Platform http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/daimler-volkswagen-urge-independence-google-data-platform/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/daimler-volkswagen-urge-independence-google-data-platform/#comments Mon, 03 Nov 2014 14:00:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=939705 Google knows what you’re thinking. If you decide to search for brown diesel manual station wagons that bring out your inner American, Google will auto-complete that very phrase as one of its suggested searches as soon as you type out the word “bro.” Daimler AG and Volkswagen AG aren’t too thrilled with this electric eye’s […]

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Google knows what you’re thinking. If you decide to search for brown diesel manual station wagons that bring out your inner American, Google will auto-complete that very phrase as one of its suggested searches as soon as you type out the word “bro.” Daimler AG and Volkswagen AG aren’t too thrilled with this electric eye’s […]

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Treasury: GM Bailout Suit Would Hinder Future Actions http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/treasury-gm-bailout-suit-hinder-future-actions/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/treasury-gm-bailout-suit-hinder-future-actions/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:00:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=938857 Should companies in the future need to be bailed-out by the federal government, they may not be so forthcoming with the necessary information if General Motors’ confidential documents linked to its own bailout see the light of day. Bloomberg reports the U.S. Treasury is doing all it can to protect the information submitted by GM […]

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Should companies in the future need to be bailed-out by the federal government, they may not be so forthcoming with the necessary information if General Motors’ confidential documents linked to its own bailout see the light of day. Bloomberg reports the U.S. Treasury is doing all it can to protect the information submitted by GM […]

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Privacy Advocates Take Law Enforcement To Task Over Handling Of License Plate Data http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/privacy-advocates-take-law-enforcement-task-handling-license-plate-data/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/privacy-advocates-take-law-enforcement-task-handling-license-plate-data/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:00:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=935546 The panopticon grows taller every day, as motorists who try to learn what information is gathered by the automatic license plate readers face roadblock after roadblock, with three cases set to determine once and for all what can be seen. Autoblog reports the advocacy groups, journalists and private citizens supporting the cases aim to help […]

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The panopticon grows taller every day, as motorists who try to learn what information is gathered by the automatic license plate readers face roadblock after roadblock, with three cases set to determine once and for all what can be seen. Autoblog reports the advocacy groups, journalists and private citizens supporting the cases aim to help […]

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Google’s Autonomous Car Drives Sans Passenger, Hides Behind Security http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/googles-autonomous-car-drives-sans-passenger-hides-behind-security/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/googles-autonomous-car-drives-sans-passenger-hides-behind-security/#comments Thu, 09 Oct 2014 13:00:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=927994 Remember when Google wanted to keep its autonomous-car crash interventions under wraps? The tech giant is now keeping some of its testing private, as well, as its cars are driving around with no human aboard. According to Forbes, onlookers at a park near Google’s Mountain View, Calif. caught sight of the company’s car sans passengers, […]

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Remember when Google wanted to keep its autonomous-car crash interventions under wraps? The tech giant is now keeping some of its testing private, as well, as its cars are driving around with no human aboard. According to Forbes, onlookers at a park near Google’s Mountain View, Calif. caught sight of the company’s car sans passengers, […]

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Metaxas: License Plate Recognition Can Improve Originations http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/metaxas-license-plate-recognition-can-improve-originations/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/metaxas-license-plate-recognition-can-improve-originations/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:00:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=922465 Aside from GPS-equipped starter interrupt systems, lenders have another tool to repossess a vehicle, with the added benefit of using the data obtained to acquire better contracts: license plate recognition. According to Auto Remarketing, the CEO of Fort Worth, Texas-based Digital Recognition Network, Chris Metaxas, says his company’s LPR technology has found 55 percent of […]

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Aside from GPS-equipped starter interrupt systems, lenders have another tool to repossess a vehicle, with the added benefit of using the data obtained to acquire better contracts: license plate recognition. According to Auto Remarketing, the CEO of Fort Worth, Texas-based Digital Recognition Network, Chris Metaxas, says his company’s LPR technology has found 55 percent of […]

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