- Mar 31, 2020
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Phones (the right ones) can have their Traffic monitoring portion of GPS turned Off, so that it doesn’t log your location and speed as you drive. This is how traffic info in Google Maps gets propagated... not with people just driving around with Google Maps running on their phones. The logging done on stock ECUs happens X seconds or minutes prior to an accident and kept in the ECU when an airbag event happens. It’s circular logging as the ECU doesn’t have enough memory onboard to keep logging a ton of info. That’s kept in case an investigation gets launched against the manufacturer of a car for a lawsuit against them. Sometimes, in rare instances, that info can be requested in civil suits but most of the time it’s not needed as situational proof during an accident investigation shows enough to prove what happened.Debbie from the Dallas area is rumored to have retired so they'll have to settle for the store bought coconut.
I think @SwankPeRFection is more concerned about general logging of all of his trips. Any car in the last 15 years is full of black boxes that could be hijacked without the owner's permission in the event of an accident. I don't know how to avoid this kind of general logging without either leaving the phone and anything else with wifi at home or in a Faraday cage rendering it useless in the car.
All that said, you’ll never see me buy a car with connected services, be it OnStar, the newer manufacturer driven subscriber model of shit that BMW is doing, etc. There, at the moment, is still enough of a choice on what I pick where the connectivity doesn’t exist or it can be disabled for real and for good if you don’t want it. Being able to see what module is active or not and control it via CANBUS software is a nice thing to be able to do. I don’t expect a ton of you will know how to do that or would even bother, but some of us are into modifying cars with software we run on our own laptops. Hell, if you do any maintenance yourself in most modern cars, you need software and a laptop to control certain functions to be able to even complete the work... it’s actually quite ridiculous.
Also, I don’t have an issue with Theia having the ability to log and gather data for signal analysis, but I want to be in control of when I put it in that mode or enable it I want to be in control of when I sent it and how. This bullshit “Diagnostic and Feedback” logging you see out of phone software and even apps nowadays is shit I don’t subscribe to and it’s the first thing I usually look for to disable and if I’m really anal, sniff network traffic to see if it’s sending out anything outside of what it’s base function(s) is. I’m not quite that anal anymore, but damn... certain things, companies I buy products from have no business farming from me unless I want it to happen. Enough is enough with the crap large conglomerates are doing.