The US Senate just passed a bill requiring automakers to put a "black box" in each vehicle produced starting in 2015. While they are supposed to be the property of the owner, the government will be able to have access to them. Can anyone say "Big Brother"?
News stories say the box belongs to the car owner and mandating its inclusion in cars was provoked by the people killed by out of control Toyotas (but Toyota never being found culpable due to lack of evidence). That is, the owner or their heirs could choose to use the data to show death or injury was caused by a defect in the car not driver error.
Hi Logic, For too long the car industry has been unregualated.I am a mechanic and I served my apprenticeship, passed my exams and this is my skilled trade. Anyone can lift a wrench and work on a car and in my opinion this devalues my skill and knowledge. I can understand those who would feel that this is an invasion of privacy but too many lives are lost worldwide unnecessarily and if this "Black Box" could provide data to reduce this situation, surely that is to everyones benefit. I personally can't see a problem with this, MJ.
MJ,the black box and any other device that is intended to monitor me devalues my intelligence and my ability to think for myself and make my own choices. Good luck with your career, good mechanics are a true prize and asset to consumers!