Autonomous cars are on the horizon. Fortune magazine has estimated that initial versions of these cars should be on the road by 2020. By 2040, an estimated 95 per cent of new vehicles sold will be fully autonomous. That’s encouraging news for safety advocates, as research undertaken by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the United States has shown that 94 per cent of fatal car crashes can be attributed to human error.
However, as autonomous car technology advances, privacy concerns relating to these vehicles are also growing given that these cars will be capable of recording a tremendous amount of data about (and from) their users and the environment around them.