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Facial Recognition Might Be Coming To Your Car 131

Posted by timothy
from the ok-but-how-does-it-fail? dept.
cartechboy writes What if you got into your car and you had to authenticate that it was you behind the wheel? That might be what's coming in the near future as Ford's working with Intel to bring facial recognition to the car. The idea would be to improve safety and in-car tech with this system which is being called Project Mobil. When someone enters a Project Mobil-equipped car the system uses front-facing cameras to authenticate the driver. If the driver can't be authenticated it'll send a photo to the vehicle owner's phone asking for permission for this person to drive the vehicle. Once identified, the car can then automatically adjust certain settings to the driver's preference. This could also theoretically allow parents to control how loud their kids listen to the music while driving, how fast they can drive, and even simply monitor them driving. Obviously this NSA-like surveillance tech is a bit creepy on some levels, but there could be a lot of terrific applications for it. While only an experiment, don't be surprised if your dashboard stares back at you eventually.
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Facial Recognition Might Be Coming To Your Car

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 29, 2014 @08:37AM (#47344277)

    Man alive, I'm getting sick and tired of all the crap hipster technology we're being subjected to. There was once a time when new technology made us better off. It provided us with tools that let us do more with less. But new technologies these days are all about subjecting us to yet more advertising (even if it's called "online videos" or "social media"), or they're invasive, privacy-destroying devices of one sort or another. Silicon Valley used to be a place where real innovation happened, thanks to the hard work of scientists and engineers. Now it's a place overrun with hipsters who have stiff, raging erections for advertising and who don't give a fuck about basic freedoms.

  • WTF over?! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Charcharodon (611187) on Sunday June 29, 2014 @09:23AM (#47344421)
    what the hell is wrong with a key? If that key is just too heavy for you to carry how about a key pad to unlock everything?

    I don't need the fucking car to update facebook, check to see if I shaved, adjust all the settings, make sure I'm not drunk, or ask the real owner whether or not I can drive it, and then not work if there isn't a WiFi or cell signal present. (I'm sorry but you do not have permission to operate this vehicle as zombies are trying to break in.).

    I want my car to be a car, I don't need an ever bigger fucking cell phone to complicate up my life, and not to mention charge me yet another monthly service fee, along with spying on me to send the info to the gov't and marketers.

    Eat a bag of dicks Ford.

  • Re:First the NSA (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 29, 2014 @10:22AM (#47344679)
    Just another way to monitor us every goddamn motherfucking minute of every goddamn motherfucking day of our goddamn motherfucking lives, like we're all little children, or criminals in prison, or animals in a zoo. What's even MORE FUN that that is that we get to pay for this stupid shit! It's a 'solution in search of a problem' and desperately needs to have a giant Gallagher mallet applied liberally to it, along with the fucking morons who thought of this, the NSA, and every goddamn motherfucking gor-sucking politician in the goddamn motherfucking world who thinks shit like this is a good idea. How about a car that is inexpensive, reliable, gets good fuel economy (or can be recharged in less than an hour and doesn't cost half it's purchase price to have it's battery pack replaced in 5 years) and is overall just good transportation instead of a goddamn motherfucking lifestyle that consequently tracks your every goddamn move? Just fucking leave us all alone! All we want to do is live our lives without being hassled by goddamn motherfucking power-hungry control freaks! JUST FUCK THE FUCK OFF AND LEAVE US ALONE!!!
  • Re:WTF over?! (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Bite The Pillow (3087109) on Sunday June 29, 2014 @11:15AM (#47344979)

    Your opposition has been noted. Meanwhile, development continues as if you said nothing.

    That's because you are not representative of the market.

    Do you stop by a dealership every 6 months and explain that you would buy if it weren't a computer? Or do you not even consider Ford products? After considering, you may realize that you really aren't the market at all.

    So, how do you buy a modern car not a computer after that's the only option? Because I'm not the market, and I would love to disrupt this. By buying what I want, instead of typing angrily where Ford is unlikely to see it.

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