In most cases, technology can be helpful. Cars and cell phones can give you directions, provide you phone numbers and they can even help make sure you miss high-traffic areas when you’re in a hurry.
But if you’re trying to get away with a hit-and-run crime, and your car is one that will automatically dial 9-1-1 if it detects you’ve been in a crash, technology can also land you in jail. That’s exactly what happened to 57 year-old Cathy Bernstein.
Her smart car is programmed to call 9-1-1 after a crash as a safety feature; if the driver is knocked unconscious they can rest assure that help will be on the way. In theory it’s supposed to be a helpful feature but in this case, it fingered Bernstein as the culprit.
Not only did the incoming call give emergency dispatch (and police) the exact location of her vehicle, it gave officers everything they needed to tie her to the crime.
Original article: This smart car seems to have tattled on its driver