posted on Sep, 11 2003 @ 12:04 AM
Well, I guess that England isnt the only place that is inviting Big Brother into our cars...
WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 — On a freeway north of Los Angeles, as Ryan Evans’s sleek 1998 Honda Accord coupe speeds above 70 mph, the black box tucked under
his front passenger seat grumbles a grating noise, warning the 18-year-old that he’s going too fast.
IF HE DOESN’T ease up on the gas pedal within 10 seconds, the warning gets nastier. That’s when Evans’s souped-up “event data recorder” snitches on
him. It will note the speeding incident, along with other dangerous driving behaviors, in a computer file.
“Most people’s first response is, ‘I don’t want this in my car! It’s an invasion!’ But that all changes,” says the Thousand Oaks, Calif.,
teenager. After 15 months of driving under close scrutiny of the black box, he is convinced he’s a better driver.