Posted 15 May 2012 - 07:31 AM
Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com
May 15, 2012
Its been working its way through the halls of congress, but according to Car and Driver, the "black box" mandate for cars could be in the books. The Senate has already voted to adopt a transportation bill that has a provision mandating event data recorders to be equipped into new vehicles starting in 2015. The House of Representatives is considering a version with slightly different language.
The current state of the bills are "vague". In the Senate version, the bill states that devices must “capture and store data related to motor vehicle safety” and release this information to an “interoperable data access port.” Changes are expected if this does go into law.
Of course, when you bring up government regulations and "black boxes", the tin foil hats come out. Currently in the Senate version, there's a provision that the data contained in the little electronic box is actually owned by the owner of the vehicle. If the law wants access to the data, they will likely have to get a court order. But there is a caveat: first responders such as paramedics would also have access to the data, without a court order, if it would help them in an emergency.
Source: Car & Driver, GovTrack.us (To see the Senate version of the bill)
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Posted 15 May 2012 - 09:18 AM
I wish the worst to all the morons who voted to support this bill.
This will build an underground network of people who will find ways to disable or remove them from vehicles.
Posted 15 May 2012 - 12:52 PM
No correlation there. Black boxes in cars are similar to black boxes in airplanes.
The paranoid, anti-government types jump on things like this and always assume the worst...
Tinfoil hat time for the conspiracy theorists.
I suppose you'd be fine with a spy cam in your bathroom too, huh?
Posted 15 May 2012 - 12:58 PM
No they are not!
Airliners are public transportation, automobiles are private.
I can't believe that you'd actually support this travesty, Cubitar.
I don't really have an opinion one way or the other on this. Automobiles may be private, but they are driven on public roads for which you need a registration, license plate, driver's license, etc for. I would not consider aircraft to be public...they are privately owned (by people or corporations) but their travel is regulated.
Edited by Cubical-aka-Moltar, 15 May 2012 - 01:00 PM.
Posted 15 May 2012 - 02:30 PM
Posted 15 May 2012 - 02:44 PM
Since then we've learned that municipalities allowed private companies to rule technicalities at the red light camera intersections irregardless of accepted safety protocols, merely to maximize revenue.
Camino- you're dead right: this is another chip off the personal freedom block.
Posted 15 May 2012 - 02:57 PM
"I want blackbox mandatory, but not for spying purposes, I promise I will not look into your driving habits."
Signed - Government of United States
Progressive uses these blackboxes in name of 5% savings, yeah right they do not monitor. The term blackbox used in the law is so vague and open that anything can be put in this device other than accelerometers and pressure gages to understand impact physics.
Reality is simple, people make it complex to make themselves feel self-important.
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