Lt. Saul Jaeger from the Mountain View Police Department, observed that Waymo cars have a wider vision of the road and contain very useful sensory inputs. Jaeger foresaw a future of law enforcement deriving useful information from the vehicles. Additionally, the cars promised safety to the car occupants.

Law enforcement agencies may be considering the integration of autonomous vehicles in traffic enforcement practices. The rush of tech companies in autonomous vehicles manufacture could give traffic police department an easier task in managing the roads.

Required standards for autonomous vehicles (AVs)

AVs should gather information of objects around them in real time. The information should comprise of the exact location of objects and speed of movement. The data can be easily accessed by law enforcement agencies. Jaeger figures that AVs may be crucial in providing information on incidents occurring on the roads.

Professor Catherine Crump of the University of California informed Ars that federal agencies cannot be stopped from getting information from AV makers. She added that the right to privacy for citizens in the Golden State could be violated if the government had a legitimate interest in the matter. As of the moment, the Supreme Court allows law enforcement to monitor people when in public. To compel vehicle manufacturers, a court order dubbed the “d-order” can be issued to allow the police access to the data they need.

Pending legal issue

The Supreme Court is currently handling a critical case termed Carpenter v. The United States. The case touches on ease of accessibility of private data. The outcome of the case could have a major influence on future state legislation.

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