More Hidden “Car Kill Switch” Dangers

  • February 2, 2024
  • 2 min read

You’ve probably been hearing a lot about this automotive car kill switch that’s been in the news. In 2026 or later, any new vehicle sold in the US has to have a kill switch where the car can be shut off. Part of this kill switch technology requires that if the car automatically detects somebody who’s a drunk driver, it shuts off.

Concerns About the Technology
There’s been a lot of pushback to this. What if you have to swerve to miss a deer? Or what if it’s windy and it blows you off the road? What if you’re on back roads in bad conditions and have to swerve? How many times until your car shuts off?

Intentional Misuse
But it’s worse than that. Criminals are going to figure out pretty quickly that if they want to capture or immobilize somebody, all they have to do is cut you off two or three times and make you swerve to avoid them. This action will trigger the automatic kill switch, a perfect setup for carjacking or robbery.

Exploiting the system
Forget about this happening accidentally. Forget about accidentally swerving to avoid an obstacle. The bigger risk is intentional misuse. If somebody really wants to shut you down and stop you from driving away, all they have to do is intentionally trigger the kill switch by making you swerve.

The implications are concerning. Imagine a scenario where a woman with her kids is driving and the car shuts off, leaving them stranded. This scenario can be deliberately orchestrated by individuals with malicious intent. The debate around the automotive car kill switch raises important questions about safety, security, and unintended consequences. What are your thoughts on this issue? Let us know in the comments.

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