open letter to motorists
|GPS control of cars
It appears that most motorists either don't understand the arguments I presented above, or are pretending not to understand, or are deliberately ignoring arguments of that kind. Some are even actively denying and spreading fake news. That's a pretty serious state of affairs, especially since most people accept that state as normal and unremarkable. Evidently, some kind of social control will be necessary to protect the rights of young people and future generations, if humanity is going to survive the 21st Century.
Bút there is a relatively simple solution. New cars should by law be constantly transmitting a GPS signal, to inform government authorities of the car's location. The idea is not new and can easily be done using Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). There are many potential advantages:
The advantages of universal GPS monitoring of private vehicles far outweigh the obvious disadvantage of invasion into people’s privacy. According to Kant’s "categorical imperative", private cars should be banned anyway, because if everyone in the world had a car, the environmental consequences would be bad enough to wipe out humanity. That could be true even if the cars were electric, given the resources needed to manufacture an electric car. According to that logic, cars should be limited to essential and emergency services.
As long as we don't have the courage to move in that direction, and continue to allow people to destroy the future with their private cars, government authorities should at the very least try to get the situation under control.