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WiFi-Enabled Cars Can Connect Through Algorithm

TRAVELER’S PRIVACY

July 9, 2012

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Georgetown University and the National University of Singapore have developed an algorithm allowing WiFi-connected cars to automatically share Internet connections and data, reports MediaPost. The algorithm would collect data from many cars through a few cars that would then upload it to the Internet--so, by design, data from one car will pass through a nearby car on its way to the Internet--causing the author to opine, "Privacy experts should have a field day with this one." The plan would save consumers money by sharing a 3G connection; however, the author warns of risks of viruses, corrupt data and theft.
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