Technology can not lie.
As ABC 7 reports, 57-year-old Cathy Bernstein was driving her Ford in Port St. Lucie, Florida, on Friday when she allegedly ran into a Ford truck and then a Dodge minivan.
She allegedly left both accidents without so much as stopping. However, her car was fitted with Sync Emergency Assistance technology. This meant that it automatically contacted the emergency services to say that the car had endured some kind of traumatic event.
In Bernstein’s case, a recording of her conversation with the 911 dispatcher has emerged.
She is heard to say: “Ma’am, there’s no problem. Everything was fine.”
“OK. But your car called in saying you’d been involved in an accident. It doesn’t do that for no reason,” replies the dispatcher. Then she asks a knowing question: “Did you leave the scene of an accident?”
“No, I would never do that,” is Bernstein’s reply.
Police appear to think differently. They reportedly went to Bernstein’s house, where they found her Ford damaged. Moreover, officials reportedly found paint from one of the vehicles Bernstein allegedly struck on it. The Ford’s airbag had also been deployed, suggesting the tech had been activated with good reason.
So, long and short, lady hits other cars so hard the airbag goes off in her car. The IoT stuff in the car auto dials 911 (the police) and the driver tries to just say that everything is fine, but it’s not.
Before you get all outraged about the tech in the car, you have to turn this feature on on. It is not on by default. The owner had to go through a multi step process to activate this feature at some stage after buying the car.
Granted, they probably did not think through the fact that the time would come when that feature might revoke their ability to lie.
Technology can not lie because it does not know what a lie is.
It just does what it is programmed to do.