Are Black Boxes in the Future for all Cars?

- December 7, 2012

The White House approved a plan that would require all future cars and trucks to be equipped with event data recorders – most com­mon­ly referred to as “black box­es.”

The tech­nol­o­gy, already in use, has raised some con­cerns.

The major­i­ty of vehi­cles pro­duced today already have such devices on board and they have aid­ed in recent inves­ti­ga­tions into such safe­ty issues as the so-called unin­tend­ed accel­er­a­tion scare at Toy­ota. But the use of the tech­nol­o­gy has also raised some con­cerns with pri­va­cy advo­cates.

NHTSA already has stepped into the issue requir­ing that as of the start of the 2013 mod­el-year all EDR data be com­mo­nized while sim­pli­fy­ing access. The use of pro­pri­etary for­mats com­pli­cat­ed the Toy­ota unin­tend­ed accel­er­a­tion inves­ti­ga­tions.

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