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A bill already passed by the Senate and set to be rubber stamped by the House would make it mandatory for all new cars in the United States to be fitted with black box data recorders from 2015 onwards. Section 31406 of Senate Bill 1813 (known as MAP-21), calls for “Mandatory Event Data Recorders” to be installed in all new automobiles and legislates for civil penalties to be imposed against individuals for failing to do so. “Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall revise part 563 of title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, to require, beginning with model year 2015, that new passenger motor vehicles sold in the United States be equipped with an event data recorder that meets the requirements under that part,” states the bill.
Given the innumerable examples of both government and industry illegally using supposedly privacy-protected information to spy on individuals, this represents the slippery slope to total Big Brother surveillance of every American’s transport habits and location data.
Originally posted by ProtectedWitness
Eh, no big deal. So a device records the actions of a driver. Maybe if I find out who the manufacturer of this device will be, I will invest in their company. Lots of profit potential.
If you can't beat them, join them.
(1) shall require event data recorders to capture and store data related to motor vehicle safety covering a reasonable time period before, during, and after a motor vehicle crash or airbag deployment, including a rollover;
Originally posted by tovenar
Don't worry about big government taking your rights; big business is way ahead of them.
Is it progressive insurance that has a thing you willingly plug into your dash, and then they calculate your rate based on your "safe driving habits?"
Originally posted by Trillium
Hate to tell you this but all electronic igintion vehicle since the 90 have
a memory chip that record this already just not sure off how far back it goes
sec. or min.
this new box may have GPS a year off data
Originally posted by Bakatono
Sarcasm? Hard to tell.
It will be a big deal someday. Won't it be neat when you can get speeding tickets retroactively? Cops just download your data and play it back to see you were going 40 in that school zone yesterday. Then you were driving 80 in a 65. You rolled through that stop sign BTW, gonna have to pay for that. What were you doing driving at 2am after your car was parked at that bar for 6 hours?
Oh, and just wait until the divorce lawyers can get their hands on this data. They will looking for this to prove the spouse actually was outside the house of their new bf/gf.
Or, what if your car happens to be parked near the scene of a crime. They can't find the criminals but you get stopped for some reason, they download your black box, and you are now on trial for a crime because your car was parked near-by the scene while you were grabbing a subway sandwich down the block. That's cool.
Then your insurance company wants to get a copy of the data so they can determine if your insurance rate is accurate. Perhaps all those violations you made (mentioned above) mean you need to pay double for insurance. You did run that stop sign after all.
Finally, there are the hackers. Who knows what they will do. Can these things be read from a distance? Is there an exposed interface? Can its data be faked?
Looks like I will be buying that old Dodge Dart after all.