Are Black Boxes in the Future for all Cars?

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The Detroit Bureau - December 7, 2012

The White House approved a plan that would require all future cars and trucks to be equipped with event data recorders – most commonly referred to as “black boxes.”

The technology, already in use, has raised some concerns.

The majority of vehicles produced today already have such devices on board and they have aided in recent investigations into such safety issues as the so-called unintended acceleration scare at Toyota. But the use of the technology has also raised some concerns with privacy advocates.

NHTSA already has stepped into the issue requiring that as of the start of the 2013 model-year all EDR data be commonized while simplifying access. The use of proprietary formats complicated the Toyota unintended acceleration investigations.

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