New self-driving cars will have cameras, raising privacy concerns

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On top of being able to drive on their own, self-driving cars now can solve kidnappings, or compromise citizen privacy, depending on your point of view.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich relayed to CNBC the application of video technology in self-driving cars in order to seek out other cars on the road: “I always say that the cars are going to be out there looking, so the next time an Amber alert comes up and they’re looking for a license plate, the cars should be able to find that license plate quite rapidly.”

Krzanich highlights the social good demonstrated by having self-driving cars double as security cameras, and has a solution for the privacy concerns raised by having thousands of hours of public footage in Intel’s hands: “We’ll have to put limitations on it,” he said. “We’ll have to encrypt that data and make sure I can’t tell that it’s John’s [car] necessarily.”

Future challenges for technological entrepreneurs like Krzanich will be to formulate their safeguards to privacy into coherent policy so that the positive aspects of their innovations can be fully realized.

“I think there will be rules and new areas we’ll have to explore, but the amount of social good that can come from that far outweighs those concerns,” he said. “We just have to deal with them.”

 

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