Are Black Boxes in the Future for all Cars?


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.