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In recent years, Silicon Valley has seen an unprecedented boom in tech companies, which have transformed our world into one dominated by the internet. But is it a bubble with no end?

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A cellphone-using motorist in Eagan, Minnesota, on April 24, 2019.

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Distractions cost lives when you’re driving a 4,000-pound vehicle at 60 miles per hour. Despite this, drivers snap selfies, broadcast on Facebook, answer texts, and look through news feeds. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, eight people die every day as a result of distracted driving incidents.

Smartphones are often at blame for these disasters. As Big Tech focuses its attention on contemporary automobiles, it’s time to consider if it’s time to regulate driver-distracting equipment.

The automobile business is a target for Big Tech. Google announced its Android Automotive OS, an operating system designed exclusively for use in automobiles, a few years ago. Amazon’s Fire TV is already in certain models, so video-streaming services are beginning to make their way into dash-mounted systems. Apple is taking a giant leap forward. It is said to be looking for a deal with an unnamed automaker to create Apple automobiles.


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Big Tech has a knack for capturing people’ attention as well as providing them with useful information. The purpose of Facebook, Twitter, Google, and others at initially was to give out services for free in order to build a client base. They now exist to sell advertising information about their users. Their growing need for useful user data has brought them to the car business, where they will discover a whole new universe of data.

Terabytes of data are found in family cars, and the average dashboard has the potential to be a Trojan horse. Location data, driver behavior, vehicle status, frequent destinations, passenger preferences—terabytes of data are found in family cars, and the average dashboard has the potential to be a Trojan horse. This data may be accessed via smartphone mirroring, voice-enabled virtual assistants, operating systems, and self-driving software.

A “hypervisor,” software that separates entertainment elements from mission-critical driving electronics, separates mobile technology from car operating systems. If automakers hand over their key operating systems to tech behemoths, they will effectively become Silicon Valley’s hardware suppliers.

Automobile manufacturers have goals that are diametrically opposite to those of Big Tech. Their job is to maintain passengers’ attention on the road by delivering vehicle information and a little amount of entertainment while driving them from point A to point B as securely as feasible. This is not a priority for smartphone manufacturers or digital media providers. They want people to look at their items rather than the road.

We’re at a critical juncture, with electric cars revolutionizing the auto industry and digital advances like augmented reality and artificial intelligence more popular than ever. Automobile manufacturers are, and should be, the world’s most trusted technological firms. They have a responsibility to keep families safe since their hardware is wrapped around them. They can only do so if they keep control of the steering wheel.

The driver interface’s quality, safety, and security will determine whether or not consumers trust automakers. Without it, automobiles will just become another invasive and dangerous mobile gadget.

Mr. Juran is the CEO of Altia, a software and service provider for the automobile industry.

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