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Originally posted by THE_PROFESSIONAL
I mean cars costing upwards 150K+. They dont let dirt come near their car, do you think they are going to let anyone put a freaking box in their car if it was not factory made? LMAO. Its never gonna happen on cars that are already made.
Originally posted by Kaploink
Actually this may be a good thing if they are set up like airplane black boxes which only record a short period of time. In case of an accident the investigators will have real evidence of the speed and actions of the drivers.
So, if a driver involved in a crash was going well above the speed limit or perhaps was driving under the influence and never braked before hitting someone, they will have evidence of this.
Now, in order to improve vehicle safety, General Motors is using
similar technology in about 40% of its Model Year 1999 vehicles.
In the early 1970s, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) made the recommendation
that vehicle manufacturers and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration work together
to gather information on vehicle crashes using on-board collision sensing and recording devices. As
a result, General Motors airbag equipped production vehicles have recorded data for impacts that
caused a deployment of the airbag since 1974. Many of these systems also recorded data during
impacts that were not severe enough to actually deploy the airbag ("near-deployment" events).
General Motors has contracted with Vetronix Corporation of Santa Barbara, California, to develop
software and interface cables to allow the event data to be downloaded to commonly used laptop
computers (Figure at Right). Data useful to researchers and investigators, such as delta V, driver
seat belt usage, and pre-impact data will be stored and displayed in a standard format (see Figures 1
AIA Urges Co-operative Effort Between AAA/Insurers to Use Standardized Event Data Recorders in Vehicles.