RFID To Track Heathrow Taxis

February 24, 2004

silicon.com reports that RFID tags will be fitted to taxis using Heathrow airport. This will allow better fleet management to ensure that taxis are where they are needed.

This is an excellent application of RFID to provide real benefit to the customer. However there's a worrying little piece of detail:

''The chips in the taxis will identify the car and the driver''

and again:

''automatic vehicle and driver identification RFID technology''

Vehicle and driver? Presumably the idea is to distinguish manned cabs from empty ones. Even so, if this plan really does involve tagging of drivers it's setting a seriously bad precedent.

Let's hope the report is simply misleading.

Cross-posted from The RFID Scanner

Posted by trevorm

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