Driverless Cars and GPS: The Fearful Master

General Motors made a momentous announcement on January 12, 2018, as GM introduced the Cruise AV – potentially the world’s first commercially available self-driving automobile. The car has no steering wheel and is entirely directed by computer.  The promise of increased safety is expected to make the Cruise AV a commercial success. But consumers should think twice before accepting the loss of control that this technology will bring.  Driverless cars contain innovations far too numerous to describe in this article, but the key piece is the GPS connection that allows the car to navigate to its destination. Built-in sensors allow the car to avoid accidents along the way, but the car depends mostly on mapping data from a central location in order to know where to go.  That is a very simplistic explanation, but it should tell you all that you need to know about how this technology will change your life. Once your car becomes beholden to a central data...(Read Full Article)