Autonomous vehicles and data ownership: drivers have rights too

MaidSafe is a company founded by David Irvine in 2006, which has a mission to provide security and privacy for everyone by building a better internet platform. This new platform is the SAFE Network, which is the world’s first autonomous and decentralised data network. The network is made up of the unused hard drive space, processing power and bandwidth of its users. The SAFE Network will include storage, peer-to-peer communications, transactions, internet functionality and a wide variety of apps to name a few of its features.

Autonomous vehicles and data ownership is a thorny issue.  We are facing the reality that authorities in key markets, like the US and UK, have ducked out of answering the key question of who should own the data these vehicles generate.  By 2020 Business Insider Intelligence estimates there will be 10 million vehicles with self-driving functionality, so we do not have long to come up with a solution that will satisfy vehicle owners and manufacturers. The consequences if we fail are...

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