I was trespassing over at BJ's place a minute ago, and he had posted a dashcam video of pedestrian mayhem on Russian highways. I commented that I could envision a time in the near future when every car would be required to have a functioning dashboard camera.
Not only would we be required to have them, they would probably come as standard equipment on all new cars before too long. The cams would be required by the insurance industry, and we all know those guys get whatever they want from auto manufacturers.
Think about it. Our cars' computers already monitor our speed, whether or not our lights are on, if we did or didn't use a turn signal at the last intersection, our braking habits, hard accelerations, etc. What makes you think our cars won't soon be equipped with cameras that digitally transmit all of our activities to "the cloud" as we drive? It's for our own protection, they'll say.
Some of us already have OnStar or whatever it's called. Get involved in an accident and a friendly, helpful voice comes out of your stereo speakers asking if you're okay, or if you need assistance. How do you know those same helpful folks aren't listening in whenever they get the urge (or the subpoena from Homeland Security)?
Big Brother won't have to watch us. We'll film ourselves and send the videos to them.