Feds are requiring all new cars to be equipped with a black box

When airplanes crash, the last couple of minutes before the crash are always recorded on a Black Box, a box located in the rear of the place that stores everything from, conversations, pilot controls, all the way down to what you had connected in a plug and why. The black box is then retrieved by the Feds and after an investigation they can determine exactly why an accident happened.

Now the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is trying to pass a new regulation that will add the same black box in our vehicles, which is both good news and bad news. Before you go get your pitch forks and rush the government, you have to remember that GM has been doing this to almost every single car since the early 1990’s They use this information to cover their rears in court when an accident happens, they can check the box to see if it was driver error or vehicle malfunction.

This new law is gong to regulate everything across the table so every single car company is on the same page, and they all use the same type of device that way the data is easier to recover with just one adapter rather than several different ones, one for each Manufacturer.

The Black Box will record information about speed to see how fast you were going, brake application to the last couple of seconds before the accident, seat belt use, and additional information from the vehicle at the time of the accident. The bad news is that the government will be able to keep track of your driving habits, how fast you drive, where you drive to etc. Te good thing is that we don’t have to worry about cops giving you a ticket on old data thanks to the 5th amendment, the only way they will be able to access that information is by asking permission and we giving them the permission. Unless of course it’s subpoenaed by a court or there has been a tragic accident.

Finally we can all figure out who was at fault in that multi-car accident. Great news for our insurance company, horrible news for who ever didn’t slow down fast enough.

Via: Wired & Dvice