New cars & black box, what this means for the driver

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The thought that new cars could have black boxes is something that might become reality soon if NHTSA has their way, as they are expected to make a ruling on this next month. Most of you will want to know what this means for the driver? Well we bet you did not know that a huge number of modern cars already have the system.

We already know that General Motors has being using such a system since the 90s in most of models that come with an air bag. That is all well and good, but drivers want to know what kind of information will be stored in the black boxes? The other worry is that other carmakers also have a similar system, but a standard is needed.

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It is for this reason why the NHTSA wants to push through a standard system, so that they all collect the exact same data. This is something that has been used in F1 for a number of years now by the FIA, to see if a team has been doing anything that goes against the rules of the sport.

Wired says that it will be insurance companies law enforcement official and also automakers who will have access to the data on the black box, and here lies the problem. The device will be on at all times, so some drivers believe that it is an invasion of their privacy – even though they might already have one in their car.

Do you agree with the NHTSA that all new cars should be fitted with a black box?