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NHTSA Wants Snitch In You Car

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The DOT's  National  Highway Transportation Safety Administration is asking Congress to mandate that new cars have an "event data recorder" more commonly known as a black box to record infomration which will be availabe to NTSB.  They claim they want to use it to study accident data.

Many new vehicles already have data recorders and their use is more and more prevalent in lawsuits following an accident.

Some privacy advocates are concerned that insurance companies will get their hands on data and use it to adjust rates.  

Who owns the data?  What data should ve recorded?  Should you be able to disable your black box?


"NHTSA estimates that approximately 96 percent of model year 2013 passenger cars and light-duty vehicles are already equipped with EDR capability. These devices are located in the vehicle and require special hardware and software to copy the information. A crash or air bag deployment typically triggers the EDR, which collects data in the seconds before and during a crash. The data collected by EDRs can be used to improve highway safety by ensuring NHTSA, other crash investigators and automotive manufacturers understand the dynamics involved in a crash and the performance of safety systems.

Examples of some of the information recorded include:
vehicle speed;
whether the brake was activated in the moments before a crash;
crash forces at the moment of impact;
information about the state of the engine throttle;
air bag deployment timing and air bag readiness prior to the crash; and
whether the vehicle occupant's seat belt was buckled.

EDRs do not collect any personal identifying information or record conversations and do not run continuously.:"


What do you think?  Do you like this?  Does it bother you?  Is Big Brother getting ubiquitous?