posted on May, 24 2011 @ 06:07 PM
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will later this year propose a requirement that all new vehicles contain an event data
recorder, known more commonly as a “black box.” The device, similar to those found in aircraft, records vehicle inputs and, in the event of a
crash, provides a snapshot of the final moments before impact.
That snapshot could be viewed by law enforcement, insurance companies and automakers. The device cannot be turned off, and you’ll probably know
little more about it than the legal disclosure you’ll find in the owner’s manual.
The proposal looks to some like a gross overreach of government authority, or perhaps an effort by Uncle Sam, the insurance industry and even the
automakers to keep tabs on what drivers are doing. But if you’re driving a car with airbags, chances are there’s already one of these devices
under your hood.