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Dec 01 2021

Democrats Impose Vehicle Kill Switches

As with ObamaCare, we will have to let Democrats ram it down our throats before we know what’s in their latest blowout spending bill. Details are coming to light regarding the last one they imposed, signed into law on November 15. It includes mandating vehicle kill switches so that the authorities can shut down our cars:

Buried deep within the massive infrastructure legislation recently signed by President Joe Biden is a little-noticed “safety” measure that will take effect in five years. Marketed to Congress as a benign tool to help prevent drunk driving, the measure will mandate that automobile manufacturers build into every car what amounts to a “vehicle kill switch.”

The device is required to “passively monitor the performance of a driver of a motor vehicle to accurately identify whether that driver may be impaired.”

Three reasons to regard this mandate with horror:

First, use of the word “passively” suggests the system will always be on and constantly monitoring the vehicle. Secondly, the system must connect to the vehicle’s operational controls, so as to disable the vehicle either before driving or during, when impairment is detected. Thirdly, it will be an “open” system, or at least one with a backdoor, meaning authorized (or unauthorized) third-parties can remotely access the system’s data at any time.

Click through for details on the safety, constitutional, and privacy concerns.

Like all things Democrat, the vehicle kill switch mandate is un-American:

Adding what amounts to a mandatory, backdoor government “kill switch” to cars is not only a violation of our constitutional rights, but an affront to what is — or used to be — an essential element of our national character. … [T]he freedom of the open road that individual car ownership brought to the American Dream, will be but another vague memory of an era no longer to be enjoyed by future generations.

However, being able to remotely disable our cars offers numerous advantages to an authoritarian regime, as noted previously.

On a tip from R F.


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