The U.S. government is poised to require that every vehicle be equipped with a wireless device that will track every move you make and communicate with every other vehicle on the road. As someone who is highly EMF-sensitive, and already terribly affected while driving by the wireless that many cars have, I can’t imagine what this world will be like. I simply won’t be able to drive! I already sometimes feel a near loss of consciousness when driving, and have difficulty with my heart and breathing. Imagine if every car had this! Those of us who are EMF-sensitive cannot currently even ride the bus because of all the wireless crap on it. There is not the slightest indication that increased RF radiation exposure for the population has been considered as part of any cost/benefit review for this program.
The privacy issues are astonishing! These cars will track your every move. This isn't speculation (see more below). Think it doesn’t matter? Well, even if you aren’t an activist trying to change the status quo, think of this: They will be able to tell whether you’ve gone through a red light or exceeded the speed limit. And if the computer has a glitch and you really didn’t run that red light, too bad for you! The machines know all, and you’ll have no recourse! This is only a small part of what is fast becoming a global network that can track your every move.
As a part of the testimony before the U.S. Senate, one expert stated that:
“In fifteen years we are likely to be discussing whether people should be allowed to drive — because the autonomous vehicles may be so much less error prone than people.”
“Data that may be exchanged includes each vehicle’s latitude, longitude, time, heading angle, speed, lateral acceleration, longitudinal acceleration, yaw rate, throttle position, brake status, steering angle, headlight status, turn signal status, vehicle length, vehicle width, vehicle mass, bumper height, and the number of occupants in the vehicle.”
You need to take action on this immediately! Deadline is Monday!! (If you don’t make the deadline, we’ll tell you what to do.) We’ll tell you how to take action after the next paragraph. (We apologize for the short notice. The information on public comments was not made available until yesterday.)
Listen to NPR’s Science Friday for some interesting commentary from data scientists on how pervasive it will be! The best comments come starting around minute 22. One of the commentators says, “It makes George Orwell look like someone who’s really not imaginative.” They discuss the fact that your clothing will track your every move. Add to that the RFID chips that will be inserted in credit cards starting in 2015. The scientists state flat-out that your every move will be tracked, which they see, overall, as a good thing. One example they give: The insurance company will be able to track the fact that you went to the doctor, then the pharmacy, then ordered soup for lunch. Rather mundane. How about that you went to the doctor, went to the pharmacy and bought medicine as well as birth control, went home and slept (they'll surmise that because you aren't using any of your wireless devices), then went to a bar, ordered several drinks, then went to a home that isn't your own for the rest of the night. Another example the data scientists give: Corporations will know you went hiking and where you went; then they might send you an ad for discounted hiking shoes—a good thing in from these techies’ point of view!
What You Need to Do Now!
Formulate a brief (or extensive) comment about the dangers of requiring wireless technology in vehicles.
Comments must be submitted by Monday, February 24. Go tohttp://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=NHTSA-2014-0014-0001 . It is very easy and quick to submit a comment.
See the attached letter for one person’s comments.
Points you can make
- Those who are EMF-sensitive will be unable to drive.
- Because of the effects of wireless radiation on some, they will actually have accidents.
- Privacy issues, as noted above.
- In what way will this technology be modified so that people who are EMF-sensitive can drive and use public transportation? By modulating the radiofrequency, it would be possible to make this technology less harmful. Theodore Litovitz of Catholic University has developed technology that would modulate the signal by adding low-frequency noise. This should be investigated for health effects, and, if not harmful, required.
- If this technology cannot be modified, then how are EMF-sensitive people supposed to function in society? They cannot live like hermits—they have to get groceries, go to the doctor, etc. Regardless of what kind of vehicle they drive, they will be affected by the radiofrequency, as it travels through the air.
- What will you do to ensure that the health effects of this new technology be investigated prior to its widespread deployment? This means impartial investigations and studies—including epidemiological and cell and tissue studies.
- How are people supposed to afford these automobiles?
For info on what these fields can do, click here.
If you miss the Monday deadline, write to Acting National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA chief David Friedman at http://www.nhtsa.gov/Contact. Also write to http://www.dot.gov/contact-us then click on "Online Contact Form." Request that your letter by read by Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
Read these excellent articles on the plan:http://smartgridawareness.org/2014/02/10/us-proceeding-with-mandato...
Also see http://news.cnet.com/8301-11386_3-57618258-76/us-to-push-for-mandat... andhttp://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140203/AUTO01/302030049/1361/U...
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