Little Black Box

21 08 2006

Car manufacturers are now obliged to tell you if the car you’re about to buy has a black box recorder in it.

EDRs, similar to “black boxes” used in commercial airliners, record data about what a car is doing in the moments just before and after a crash. They do not record the voices of occupants but they do record things like speed, steering wheel movement, how hard the brakes are being pressed and the actual movement of the car itself.

Link to CNN




One response

11 09 2006

The “black boxes” can be of big help especially during crash investigations, but privacy advocates have raised concerns that the information gathered by the black box could be misused.

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