Autonomous Vehicles: Data Heaven or Data Hell

With the potential to impact and change society as much as the internet has done, Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) will arrive on our roads sometime between 2018 and 2023. Their socio-economic impacts will be profound, and they will impact on almost every aspect of our daily lives. These sensors on wheels will be constantly gathering data about the inside of the vehicle, but more importantly on everything that is visible from the road or street on the outside. The biggest value proposition of AVs is very likely to be found in this collected data and the business and social intelligence that the analytics reveal. The benefits from this data for individuals, businesses, government and society will be immeasurable, but the downsides could simply be terrible for us all.  We may literally be facing the prospect of Data Heaven or Data Hell. It’s time we started talking about AVs and privacy.