The End of Private Vehicle Ownership

The tech elite are attempting to transform the automobile from a symbol of freedom into yet another node in their surveillance system, Ethan Nash argues.

AV is set to change Australian roads. Photo: VFD

While many people imagine the convenience and accessibility that self-driving cars will offer in the near future, we forget that like many luxuries, this will come at the cost of privacy and freedom.

Autonomous vehicles are set to rely on a plethora of sensors and data in order to both ensure a safe ride and to provide you with the convenient features that many will look for in a new-age car.

This includes, a centrally-controlled data network, in which car companies, insurers and government bureaucracies, can track, tax and control drivers.

The tech elite are attempting to transform the automobile from a symbol of freedom into yet another surveillance node in their control system, Ethan Nash argues.


Autonomous vehicles, or AVs, are set to change the way we think of travel in the near future, but there are concerns regarding the extent of their benefits and unintended consequences.

If you believe the forecasts from carmakers, bus operators and trucks companies, the first driverless vehicles should be live in a few years – and every brand from Mercedes to Ford will have one.

Since Google released its first fleet of AVs in 2010, developments in AV technology have accelerated significantly. Experts estimate that auto-companies will roll out AVs in the market in 2020 and AVs are expected to occupy a quarter of the world market by 2040.

The technology has already seen both trial and live rollouts in various countries and is set to be underpinned by a network of interconnected, data-sharing technologies.

Robo-taxis are already available in certain locations, such as San Francisco, operating inside of a defined, fully-mapped zone, at restricted speeds and available only to selected customers.

Videos show the cars coping with San Francisco’s complex road environment, including trams and double-parked cars – sparking a rapid advancement in the timeline of AV progression.

Director of Urban Mobility for GM International, Anthony Riemann, predicts “…for the technology to mature quickly, we need to go to scale. It won’t take long before it’s available to the public”.

Australia is experiencing an increased shift towards autonomous technology in vehicles, underpinned by surveillance capabilities that can document and record activity in new model releases.

Currently, 15 similar trials are underway in Australia, with RAC’s Intellibus in Perth ahead of the pack. In operation for three years, it’s one of only a handful worldwide coping with live traffic.

This includes the autonomous mini-bus travelling around Sydney’s Olympic Park, which is one of hundreds undergoing trials across the world.

Controversial ‘driver assistance technology’ is already on the way in the future, including black-box data recorders, which monitor everything from a vehicle’s speed to ‘driver condition’.

To get an idea of what these vehicles will be like, when you next drive to work, mindlessly obey every traffic law to the letter. Don’t exceed the posted speed limit – even when getting up to speed.


Despite the changes predicted to boost Australia’s GDP, many industry experts also concede that there remains many unknowns and variables.

Economic modelling predicts innovative transport systems led by AVs will generate $62 billion in Australia, and with this change, you will be in the minority if you own a car by 2050. 

According to a new report by LEK Consulting, Australia is set reap billions of dollars via the adoption of ‘new mobility’, while private vehicle ownership dries up almost completely.

Electric vehicles (EV), AVs, ride-sharing, car-sharing and a wider range of public transport options will negate the need for personal vehicles, says the firm.

Under these estimates, robo-taxis will account for around half of Australian household transport costs by 2050, with the next biggest outlay being public transport at 25 per cent.

The development of highly-sophisticated ‘smart cities’ across Australia will accompany this transition, allowing for advanced automated data collection through new network capabilities.

Australia has seen locations such as Perth, Newcastle, Darwin, Melbourne and Sydney all begin building smart infrastructure in various locations, equipped with facial recognition CCTV monitoring.

Under this vision, when you get in your self-driving car to go to work, it will first suggest that it drives you to work. Then, along the way, it may suggest a stop at a local coffee shop, before alerting you to various sales items you may need along your route to work. 

Andrew Frankel, a Drive Nation journalist, described in an article that “..our cars will retain every detail of your every journey, and you don’t need to be an Orwell scholar to spot something disturbingly Big Brother about that.

Painted as the answer to our worries of human error on the roads and guided by an unwavering need for security, many are failing to recognize what these mechanisms will ultimately bring about.

It all may sound great, however, in order to make these suggestions, the vehicle will need both intimate knowledge of your life and greater access to deliver tailored experiences.


This feature piece continues to cover:

‘Driver Assist’ Technology, 5G and Smart Grid Links, Full Spectrum Surveillance, Big Tech Backdoors, Agenda 2030 and much more!

Ethan Nash from TOTT News has published this article in the latest edition of New Dawn Magazine — available in newsagents across Australia or directly online by clicking the link below: 


New Dawn 178 | New Dawn Magazine

Governing autonomous vehicles: emerging responses for safety, liability, privacy, cybersecurity, and industry risks | T&F Journal

Waymo wants to offer robotaxis in California. But the state insists they be free | LA Times

Preparing for Automated Vehicles | Department of Infrastructure

Few Aussies will own cars in 2050, predicts new study | Motoring Australia

Australia is building ‘smart city’ infrastructure | TOTT News


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5 comments on “The End of Private Vehicle Ownership”

  1. Our vehicles haven’t been owned by us for a long time. Having a VIN number means that your car, truck, bike etc. is not owned by you. Move it to your engine bay in an obscure area. The number plate doesn’t belong to you it belongs to the Motor Reg govt. dept in your state, likewise the driver’s licence you carry. If it was your license it wouldn’t have the Govt dept on it, would it?
    Notice your signature on the driver license is a photocopy = forgery!

    1. True, but the intent of driverless vehicles and removal of privately owned vehicles is for control. Same as the intent of social credit scores. People crammed into “Smart cities” under 24hr monitoring & survielance. Removal of cash. United Nations Agenda 2030 & Sustainability BS towards Totalitarian rule & enslavement of humanity. Almost impossible to believe that it’s planned, harder to believe that our own corrupt, UN controlled corporation “government” is actively enacting this agenda, but all too obvious & in plain sight to anyone willing to observe.

      1. I agree 100 percent and the rate at which it is being implemented is alarming. It’s a rush to get it done before people have time to see it coming and it’s nearly impossible to convince the brainwashed masses. We are left with some tough choices. Do we flee to a non UN country somehow or will this even matter in the long run?

        I can not believe it seemed like just yesterday this all seemed impossible. The fact as you mentioned that this is a public information and being done right under our noses is also frightening. Lets hope their arrogance will be their downfall but it’s not looking good.

        We need to find a way for the public to want to hear this. Dress it up somehow for mass consumption and it could get ugly trying to stop the most powerful people in the world. They literally own us.

        If you have any debt now would be a good time to clear it. The people who can not justify their existence by proving they can produce more than they can consume will be the first to go to the death panels. Yes death panels have been discussed by Gates in interviews for years now I discovered. Death panels lead to death chambers. The eugenics movement was started by the Rockefeller’s. They trained Hitler in it. Gates is partners with them.

  2. I’ve been growing our households vege’s for years now.
    It’s where I get my breakfast, lunch & evening meal.
    I’s not much but it sustains us – we two 65+ y.o. human beings.
    We can win this battle.
    A positive attitude is tantamount to our longevity.
    NOTE: I am not a vegetarian nor am I a vegan, but I do love my vege’s.
    Negativity destroys the human soul.
    Positivitely is enlighening.
    Peace to all 🙂

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