Despite being advertised for diagnosing serious issues with the car you own, the on-board diagnostics (OBD) capability built into every car produced since 1996 has another major purpose.
At the moment, it detects emissions issues and checks the engine light which makes you, the driver, invest money into repairing a system, that, in most of the cases, does not affect the way the car engine runs or how it drives.
Nowadays, as cars have connectivity with 4G internet connections and direct satellite communication, a new OBD system is being produced that might make you feel insecure. How so? Yes, it will continue to quickly identify issues with the car and even in a more conclusive way than the current OBD II. Also, the standards for the new OBD III system are being written by the California Air Respurces Board (CARB) known for their really rigorous laws in the U.S.
The question remains though how they will manage to involve the new connectivity features which have become standard for the majority of the car makers out there. If we take the Tesla producer into account, we have the Model S, Model X and the upcoming Model 3, all with the capacity to update on their own the air software and the ability to track everything the user does. We have just took to issue today how legal it is for Tesla to track its drivers following claims made against the electric carmaker over its automatic parking features.
The OBD III involves the concept of trackability in all the cars out there. Will the OBD III trace everyone’s roundabouts? This would mean that privacy will reach a new time low and what’s more important is that with all the new cars being produced, the government could, in fact, track its citizens through the vehicles they own.