Well that's kind of stupid
Driverless cars are very obviously going to be griefed and destroyed in no time.
San Francisco police have been using driverless cars for surveillance to assist in law enforcement investigations. According to an SFPD training document obtained by Motherboard [PDF]: "Autonomous vehicles are recording their surroundings continuously and have the potential to help with investigative leads." It indicates that …
The USA is rapidly drowning under law after law that is designed to restrict your freedoms especially if you are a woman of any age who has yet to experience menopause. They are even talking about banning all forms of contraception.
Freedom is being able to choose and not being restricted by the desires of the Evangelical Right.
The USA was once seen as a leading light and trend-setting society. The new trends that they are now setting are more akin to what is described in 'A Handmaid's Tale' mixed with '1984'.
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Probably the police made it the price of OKing the operation of driverless cars inside city limits.
Hardly seems worth it versus putting cameras in public right of ways like street lights, unless they are able to tell the driverless car where to go to surveil a given target. If you're a drug dealer and you see an empty car drive by a few times, you should probably prepare to be raided by the cops...
We're really sleepwalking into a Panopticon society (actually, one trip along UK's motorways, especially near London suggests the UK may have arrived there already).
As far as I recall, anti-collision systems and lane assist systems are heading towards being mandatory on new cars, which all depend on cameras (some + radar) to work. I give it maybe four years (shortened by any atrocity along the way) before sharing that feed will become mandatory, of course, all in the name of 'safety' and 'for our protection', with one incident caught in three months worth of footage to "prove" that it "works".
The Panopticon theory was developed for mental manipulation of prisoners - if you don't want to be treated like one, now is the time to stop the inevitable scope creep, likely fuelled by big tech because they will make gazillions off it (while their management will, of course, mysteriously never be seen or recorded).
Yes, I know that I sound like some bearded, socks-in-sandals activist right now but I'm beginning to think they were simply well ahead of us.
Merriam Webster - History and Etymology for miscreant
Middle English miscreaunt, from Anglo-French mescreant, present participle of mescreire to disbelieve, from mes- + creire to believe, from Latin credere
I'm not sure the US is the most surveilled nation yet, it used to be the UK.