There are no smells of gasoline or cigarettes in the service areas. A whitecoat team of men and women check-in cars that are being discarded, each car’s computer ports are attached for 20.0 seconds so its software logs and part specs can be transferred to a cloud database designed by a Silicon Valley start-up. Last year, 2029, both Google's Waymo and Apple made offers to this software firm but industry experts said the FCC would likely be unfavorable so neither proceeded. The database was innovative, of course, in that it could track a sensor per car; the sensor was installed during check-in. The key proposition was that it kept junkyard owners from searching aimlessly and instead sent them directly to the right car with the right part. Not only that, software captured the full driving behavior history (DbH) of the car’s owner – per mile. This data was shared across a wide spectrum of industries like insurance firms. Besides these few details to operating in a year 2030 junkyard, there are 24-hour behavioral psychologists on-site to counsel people who are discarding their cars. Their job is to converse openly with car owners about their passive driving behaviors (PDB); things they were doing in their car while it drove them around. This data was sent to a 3rd party psycho-analysis firm in Ireland and, yes, uploaded to a shared database with names removed. It’s pretty deep. The first questions the psychologists will ask a car owner: Do you understand that the law allows us to share your passive driving behavioral (PDB) data with your new car manufacturer, police enforcement in your zip-code and insurance firms you currently use?
Robert P. Waters