Proposed New Federal Rule Could Put ‘Big Brother’ In Your Driver’s Seat

interior car SC Proposed new federal rule could put Big brother in your drivers seat

A proposed federal rule that would require black boxes or event data recorders (EDRs) in every U.S. automobile may mean “Big Brother” could be in your passenger seat for every drive.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rule requires all light passenger vehicles be equipped with an EDR by Sep.1, 2014. Ninety-six percent of new cars already have them — measuring such inputs as speed, lateral acceleration, pedal effort, seat belt use, wheel spin, steering wheel turn and direction.

They only record information in the brief period before and after a crash. But black box data retrieved from U.S. car accidents in a single day would provide more information than a year’s worth of crash testing, says Tom Kowalick, who heads the design team that is standardizing the devices for automakers worldwide.

But he also said he fears that for all their potential good, the EDRs present a massive privacy dilemma, and an opportunity for fraudsters.

Read More at Fox News . By Doug McKelway.

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  1. Seeks_the_truth says:

    Who are they trying to kid. They are only trying to make legal what is already in your car.
    Yes, the black box is already under the hoods of cars. Insurance companies already know if you had your seatbelt on when the air bag blew and what speed you were driving.

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