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

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.

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?

Written by Peter Chubb

Peter has been writing on Product-Reviews since 2007 and in that time much has changed for him, like his hair having more grey than brown now. He loves gadgets and cars, and gets excited when big events come up, such as CES and the big auto shows.

Contact Peter Chubb: peter@product-reviews.net

He started out working in a factory and dreamed of the day when he could become his own boss; That happened back in 2002 and he has never looked back since. Things have changed so much on the Internet in that time, but he has adapted well.

Contact Peter Chubb: peter@product-reviews.net

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