Biometric authentication system.
April 12, 2002 9:56 AM   Subscribe

Biometric authentication system. Starship Enterprise? No, Kenworth. Their new T800 High-Tech Truck is loaded with security features for the long haul. Could airplane manufacturers learn a thing or two from the grand-daddy of big rigs?
posted by gutenberg (4 comments total)
Of course airplane manufacturers are sophisticated enough to do biometrics or whatever. The problem is economics, because the airlines in a commoditized business where profits are marginal and based on volume. Most airlines buy their planes on expensive loans that they have to make every month or they go under. It's not a recipe for adding $millions in security features.

Truth to tell, the trucking business is the same way. This truck will probably find a niche market in shipping companies oriented toward government/military contracts and hazardous or highly valuable materials (e.g. pharmaceuticals). But that's only because it might provide a way to mitigate against soaring insurance costs.
posted by dhartung at 10:54 AM on April 12, 2002

But then how would Ted fly the plane if the pilot, co-pilot and navigator all ate the fish?
posted by fluxcreative at 11:08 AM on April 12, 2002

"Even if the driver is forced to give a fingerprint, the dispatcher can still disable the truck remotely by using wireless technology"

Why do I see some really nasty Denial of Service attacks (a hacker is going to crack their encryption and would be able to randomly disable trucks around the country)?
posted by ssheth at 2:36 AM on April 14, 2002

I feel the need. The need for speed.
posted by crasspastor at 3:12 AM on April 14, 2002

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