We all know that a smartphone collects a lot of data about its owner, and this is nothing new. But with the digitalization of vehicles, a similar thing is happening, as cars have been shown to be able to gather a lot of information from their drivers. Now the important question that arises in this case is what kind of information do cars store?
In answer to the above question, everything must be said! From phone calls to text messages and even where drivers go. Of course, these are just the outer layer, and modern cars know a lot more about their owners than we think!
To better understand this, let’s take a look at a recent report by NBC News. According to the report, a Michigan mechanic was mysteriously murdered in 2017, and after two years, no clues were found that would lead to the arrest of the suspect or suspects.
Detectives in the case eventually investigate the murdered Chevrolet Silverado, which was stolen almost at the time of the murder. Research has shown that someone other than the driver played a song from Eminem using the handsfree system and voice commands.
At the suggestion of the detectives, the victim’s family listened to the recorded voice of the said person and it turned out that he was a person named Joshua Wessel and one of the victim’s former friends who worked together in repairing cars and motorcycles. This voice actually completes the main puzzle of the case and opens the door for the police; Interestingly, Wessel had previously pleaded not guilty.
This is just one example of the weird information that cars collect from their owners or around them. According to NBC News, cars record other details such as speed, door opening and closing times, voice commands, seat belt usage, and even when and where the lights come on!
Recording such precise details would open the way for cars to enter various cases, including criminal cases, as they could provide evidence of a person’s presence, speed, and even a companion (with the help of sensors on doors and belts). Provide.
Although the recording of large amounts of information by vehicles may lead to the arrest of criminals and outlaws, this raises many concerns about privacy breaches.
Another point is that the car infotainment system is not usually locked by password or fingerprint, so the police can easily access it. This also allows the police or any other legal entity to extract text messages, calls or some files in a car without any hassle compared to a mobile phone.
Extraction and analysis of digital data stored in vehicles has recently come into focus and significant advances have been made in this area. The development of better and more advanced tools for accessing vehicle information is one of the main reasons for this. A tool developed by Berla Corp, for example, could access data from 80 models in 2013, while the tool is now able to extract data from more than 14,000 different models.
It is important to note that the number of cases in which police obtain information stored in vehicles has increased dramatically. In Michigan, for example, there are four dedicated police offices whose officers regularly use vehicle data to apprehend criminals, even in small everyday crimes.