Automobile Black Box – A Source of Tax Revenue or Privacy Nightmare?

Tracking mileageIn an attempt to fund the repair of America’s deteriorating roads, environmental groups have been lobbying to allow the use of a “black box” in automobiles which would track mileage as well as location information, and use this to generate a tax bill.

The LA Times reports that several states are not waiting for congressional action.  Over the next decade they will testing “pay-per-mile” systems.  Thousands of motorists have already tested these devices, some of have GPS monitoring.

Read more here.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this!  Would you be willing to use such a device if your speed and location are not tracked?  Do you feel that this is just another government infringement on your privacy?  Leave us a comment below.


One thought on “Automobile Black Box – A Source of Tax Revenue or Privacy Nightmare?”

  1. Tom Bartel says:

    Definitely a slippery slope. Mileage numbers only, to calculate a tax makes sense, but imagining the other data, location specifics, that could be available for sale, or to legal discovery, that could be legally or illegally obtained – one can definitely see the concerns.

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