Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Catonsville, Md.
Black Box Update
Got my latest issue of US News and World Report today (June 14 issue) and there's an article about black box usage in cars.
A guy in Arizona has been charged with manslaughter in an accident involving his Corvette. The black stated he was doing 114 mph in a 45 mph zone.
Goes on to say : virtually every car sold today has an 'event recorder' that stores key information (speed / deceleration/belt usage).
They go on to say the data is encrypted so the public can't have access to it. GM and Ford now allow for this data to be retrieved
by mechanics and investigators.
Says GM has been using it since the mid 90's and by 1997
every car sold here has some form of it.
Yet they are the only two who will admit to what info they are recording, the other manufacturers have no comment.
The worst part is Insurers are now getting the data and there is even a pilot that with satellite technology they can track your every move in your car.
The insurance industry is also looking at using it to give you better rates for responsible driving (yeah, right) as well as being able to deny your insurance claim if the box says you're bad.
It's worth reading and kinda scary.
Geez it's bad enough with insurance companies now, with this technology (and it will take off) the manufacturer's could nail us too.