“In Singapore, all cars are tracked everywhere and you’re taxed by where you drive and when you drive,” Nate Cardozo of the Electronic Frontier Foundation explains. “If you’re driving on the same road at the same time that everyone else is, you pay more than if you drive on a not busy road.”
It’s an effective way to fund infrastructure in a security state like Singapore. “It makes sense in the context of Singapore where they can do pervasive tracking and they already do pervasive tracking in a bunch of other contexts,” Cardozo said. “In Singapore, there is no real concept of privacy.”
The U.S. is a whole other rodeo. “We don’t want the government to know where we are all the time,” Cardozo said.