Volkswagen and Mercedes Want Google Out of Your Car
Google is everywhere these days— from our homes to our offices to our cars. Now some automakers are voicing concerns about the auto giants' presence in your daily drive. Both VW and Mercedes-Benz are warning that letting Google into our cars might be giving them access to a lot more of our personal data than is wise. The problem stems from how Google uses your personal data once it's in their hands. Automotive News Europe quotes Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler, as saying, "Google tries to accompany people throughout their day, to generate data and then use that data for economic gain. It's at that point where a conflict with Google seems pre-programmed. That's where we need to negotiate." RELATED: See More of Google's Self-Driving Car Prototype
Rather than having Google in your car, they'd like to see you going with their own individual systems for staying connected on the go. Oddly, VW has been very positive about Google's in-car presence, specifically with the Audi navigation systems. It's not the systems themselves that automakers have a problem with, but rather their data collection potential.
There's also the possibility that things like Google's Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay could be seen as competing with rather than enhancing what manufacturers offer. Either way, the amount of information that can be collected is vast and offers plenty of possibilities for abuse. Rather than a call out specifically against Google, this could be viewed as a warning that we all need to pay more attention to what we're unintentionally giving away when we connect.
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