Dave, now you need to let us know, who you think are these authors?
I can say I see some convergence.
One is Elon Musk.
He is a maker of Electric cars.
He is wanting driverless cars, without ignition key or door key.
Once “allowed” on the streets it is very easy to see that you could be stopped from driving by authority.
I have just realized that authority and author have the same root, thereby helping to confirm your fears.