Biz Briefs: HAL on Wheels?

The next time you're motoring through the United Arab Emirates, you might want to keep an eye on the speedometer. As part of a $125 million deal, IBM will next year start equipping tens of thousands of cars, commercial trucks and government autos with devices to alert drivers--and authorities--when vehicles are speeding. The technology, which includes a GPS and two-way communications link, is meant to stem the U.A.E.'s record of auto fatalities--38 a year per 100,000 citizens, which is more than twice that of the U.S. Privacy issues notwithstanding, with all that data government will, ostensibly, be able to better deal...

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