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There's a chance the moves you make with your car are being recorded.
Let's take a look.
Event date recorders or so-called "black boxes" are nothing news. They're on airplanes and we often hear reference to investigators looking for the black box so they can make a better determination of what caused an accident. But what about our cars? Do they or will they have black boxes for the same purpose? You bet.
The Christian Science Monitor reports the White House office of Management has approved a request from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to mandate black boxes in 100% of all new vehicles sold.
That means in the very near future, the new car you drive may monitor your every action behind the wheel. This includes things like speed, steering angle, brake pressure and whether or not you and your front seat passenger are buckled up.
Does that make you paranoid? It does me. Well this won't help make you feel any better. If you drive a newer car, chances are you already have some sort of black box recording your actions. According to a report in the Detroit News, 91.6% of light duty vehicles utilize black boxes. That means this latest directive doesn't have far to go to get us to 100%.
You may not know it, but black boxes in vehicles are really nothing new. General Motors began logging data as far back as 1990 and data recorders became standard in GM products during the 1995 model year. Ford, Toyota, Tesla and Mazda use them.
Here's the rub. Standardization of the data collected won't occur until next year.
I don't like it. There is a huge Big Brother aspect to this and the real question is, who owns the data? Police might use it for an investigation. Traffic safety officials might use it to help us stay safer on the highways. But how about insurance companies? Give this to the insurance companies and watch the rates go up. And then the big question. Will this information be given to anyone if there's not an accident? Will it be collected by your car and then recorded somewhere else? This isn't a good thing in my opinion.
But getting back to my original statement, There's a chance the moves you make with your car are being recorded. Well I've already pointed out how many automakers are using them and the fact that we'll go to 100% soon. I don't think there's any doubt about it.