June Product Updates

Just received my plane ticket from Airtable this morning! :joy::joy::joy:

Whoa. That’s cool. Now can it tell if there is a baby in a rear-facing car seat in that vehicle?

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An incredible month! My work stopped using Airtable almost a year ago now (the problem Airtable solved for us stopped being a problem) and I miss working with it every day! Can’t wait to hop in again someday with all these new features!!

This is a big challenge and while it’s not in the scope of our contract, it’s a technicality that all HOV enforcement agencies would love to solve. We do have some research underway testing an approach that measures heat signatures on auto glass based on infrared sensors. Still inconclusive but that’s the most likely approach we’ll implement over time.

Some agencies are considering a beacon that lets our system know there’s a baby on board. This is not unlike the current FAST systems that broadcast subscription identity. Lastly, we also tap into modern vehicle systems that also broadcast the number of passengers on board. Not many people are aware that their vehicles are sharing data wirelessly much the way cell phones share presence and identity. Our real-time network can map the data from sources such as this one making it possible to embellish our data with additional demographics and operational data.

Bottom line - tough problem, but not unsolvable.

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When are hidden fields going to stay hidden in the mobile app? When I expand a record on the computer I get an option to drop down hidden fields, this would be great for the mobile app, alternative just stay hidden. After all they are hidden for a reason.

…well thats terrifying. awesome. but terrifying lol

If cameras looking inside your car is terrifying, you are leading a very sheltered life. :wink:

Every human (pretty much on this planet) may be entitled to privacy in a public space, but they cannot expect it. Roads happen to be public and in the interest of public safety, privacy is of little concern. Soon, all automobiles will be required to share data about the occupants and even relay signals from their connected devices. On any given day you are recorded about 80 times.

Machine vision, however, is an entirely new world. Imagine compressing 10,000 IoT devices into the video feed from a single camera. This post explains the concept.

But, the bigger invasion is happening right in front of you - your computer that is located in your private home. As you read this, a system somewhere has recorded your interaction, assimilated every mouse move and pause, and captured the key terms and the amount of time you gave thought to this post. Even my ElasticSearch system has indexed your comment, your name, and is able to map all of your data in this community to see your entire body of activity.

oh, I more so mean that your car is telling people about you whether you like it or not and all people have to do is (for lack of a better way to put it) ASK for it. personally, I’ve never held the belief that anything I’ve ever done is ‘private’ I was born in 1996 so I know my entire life is on the internet and will be from birth to death. I’m always concerned, though, that as soon as these technologies come about people start to misuse them for nefarious purposes they were not originally intended for. Look at ring camera systems and all the talk about the vulnerabilities in these smart cars. All terrifying lol.

Yep - there’s no shortage of evil-doers who exploit technology for gain. But, with reasonable effort, we can make it pretty hard to do serious harm.

Globally, many people have been harmed by social media. But the same can be said for social betterment. Vastly the good outweighs the bad. But if you happen to be the person that is on the bad end of the outcome, it’s 100% bad.

And that’s the rub -

Does anyone need to ask you about your behavior in a public area or facility paid for by public funds and used by the general public?

This is at the crux of privacy and permissions when it comes to systems designed for societal benefit. So far, the courts have said - no - no permission is required to gather information about you or the devices you drag into public spaces.

As far as the vehicles divulging such data about that which the vehicle knows, this is a matter of compliance regulations placed on auto and truck manufacturers. This is a little fuzzier and it’s why Rand Paul is always trying to steer government away such prying. So let’s frame that question and see what we all think.

It it were possible to avoid a massive pileup on a frozen highway overpass ahead of you, would you allow the government to access the data in your vehicle and send messages back to you - even braking for you - to help you and many others avoid such a catastrophic accident?

Love to know the answer. :wink:

Only if they try to sell me the new Apple phone before braking.

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This thread is going off topic quick :sweat_smile: