Originally Posted by willwren
Ok, now imagine a cop at a 'speed checkpoint' with a scan tool. Able to scan your VSS history for say.....the last 30 minutes?
I'd think the rules of procedure would be comparable for searching the vehicle. They'd need probable cause. As for the property rights, you paid for it, you own it. Its a computer, so it wouldn't be any different than them confiscating your PC. Which, by the way, they can do with a warrant.
The point is, if they have reason to believe you've been driving like a raped ape, they'll have reason to scan your data. If you are involved in a serious accident, and someone is killed, it might be evidence. If your insurance totals your car, they can scan it.
Anyway, I'd bet there will be a mod sooner or later that would allow you to wipe the info or encrypt it. Like I said, as long as its passive, its ok with me. But if your car is used as a weapon, or if you sue GM because the seatbelts failed, they should be able to subpoena the data and determine whether they were even buckled.
One lawsuit I know of was based on the premise that GM failed to engineer a safe enough truck. The driver fell asleep and hit a guardrail post, which tore up the entire undercarriage, the truck rolled over down a hill, and the gas ignited, killing one person and seriously maiming the other.
In another, a guy was hot rodding a car he didn't even own, hit a bus, was thrown from the car (T-top camaro, with the hatches removed), landed on his head, and can't move from the waist down due to the ensuing spinal injury. His attorney claimed the seat belts failed, and the t-top crushed his spine. Witnesses said they saw the tops in the back of the car, and that he was driving without belts on.
Consider how much of the price of new cars is due to these types of product liability claims, and the associated cost to defend and/or settle them. Sometimes, the engineers should have made a better decision or two, but most of these suits stem from plaintiff'* attorneys with their eyes on the corporate deep pockets and a cultural desire to avoid bad press.