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Letter: Big Brother will be riding along

From left, California Gov. Jerry Brown, state Sen.

From left, California Gov. Jerry Brown, state Sen. Alex Padilla and Google co-founder Sergey Brin exit a self-driving car at the Google headquarters on Sept. 25, 2012, in Mountain View, Calif. Brown signed a driverless car bill Tuesday. Credit: Getty Images

If you haven’t yet been hacked, tracked or otherwise attacked on your home or office computer, then the first time it happens to your car while traveling at highway speeds might come as a traumatic surprise [“DOT eyes wireless cars to prevent accidents,” Business, Dec. 14].

I am terrified by the prospect of driverless and otherwise wirelessly connected cars and trucks.

According to unidentified officials, the federal Department of Transportation’s proposal that all “new cars and light trucks would be able to talk wirelessly with each other, with traffic lights and with other roadway infrastructure . . . has the potential to prevent or mitigate the severity of up to 80 percent of collisions that don’t involve alcohol or drugs.”

One thing that this type of system will do well is expose everyone on the road to uninterrupted corporate and government surveillance.

Jeanette Haglich, Mount Sinai