Tracking people through their vehicles?

If it is possible for individuals to buy their own devices to track their own speed and movements, this could be a way of beating wrongful tickets, but overall I find this much more disturbing than encouraging. Has anyone heard about the DMV already collecting information on vehicle movement via sensors along Bay Area freeways?

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... Has anyone heard about the DMV already collecting
information on vehicle movement via sensors along Bay Area freeways?

CalTrans does something like this to measure traffic flow. It could be the
source of this rumor.

CalTrans uses the FasTrak transponders that motorists use to cross the
bridges with automatic payment. CalTrans mounted little Yagi antennas (like
small versions of old VHF TV antennas) in pairs at obtuse angles on overhead
signs to pick up the signals. They do not need to save or even access the
information of who owns each transponder. All they need for this service is
the concept that Car X went from Point Y to Point Z. (I would not trust
CalTrans to keep a secret from the authorities who run Pelican Bay and
Gitmo, however.)

To keep your FasTrak from being detected, put it into an anti-static
conductive bag such as used to ship electronics. I understand that new
orders for FasTrak transponders now INCLUDE one of those bags because so
many people wanted it. If you forget to take your transponder out of the
bag when you go through a toll booth, they just check your license number
and charge the normal toll to your account.

New cars do record driving information, like an airplane black-box. You can
use this info, (or have it used against you), when insurance companies
settle accidents. The box is often under the seat. I seriously doubt that
it transmits any data, (but I have never taken one apart or anything).

Harland Harrison

Yes. In fact, the FastTrak transponders that many commuters use to pay
bridge tolls all over the state are used to collect data to display on the
many electronic signs throughout the highway system showing drivers how many
average minutes it will require to travel certain distances. For example,
when I drive to work on interstate 580, I pass an electronic sign just after
the Harrison Street exit that normally indicates how long it will take me to
reach downtown San Francisco from downtown Oakland, or how long it will take
to reach the San Francisco Airport from downtown Oakland. This estimate is
calculated from the average time a FastTrak customer pays a toll on the Bay
Bridge until they reach a specific location along the highway.

This data is not collected by the DMV, however, but by CalTrans.

Terry Floyd