'Black Boxes' for vehicles getting federal standards
POSTED: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 9:24pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - 2:41pm
TYLER — According to online blog, "The Car Connection," legislation was passed on Tuesday that will put Federal regulations on existing vehicle black boxes or '"Event Data Recorders" starting September 1.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regulations will standardize what data is collected and how it's collected.
Event Data Recorders or EDR's are already in many vehicles, placed there voluntarily make automakers to collect data.
KETK spoke with TJC Automotive professor David Briscoe.
He tells us he doesn't believe any actual 'black boxes' have been placed in vehicles yet, but there is a way to collect data...and it's been around for years.
"The basic system is an air bag recorder...and it's recording the last few moments before a wreck. Government can get all kinds of information from it," Briscoe said.
Regardless of the standards placed on the existing systems, many believe the safety administration is hoping to mandate all vehicles be built with 'black boxes' in a few years...something that will no doubt cause a political firestorm.
"Is that your private data? That's the question... You own the car. Do you own that data? If you do own that data, then are they gonna have to get a subpoena to get that information? And there's where the rub comes in," Briscoe said.
Several East Texans we spoke with today, including Robert Moulton, agree...it's one more attack from the government on their personal freedoms.
"Oh it's a horrible idea. Invasion of Privacy," Moulton said.
"I mean, if I'm driving somewhere I shouldn't be, the government's watching me and you know, I might not want them knowing where I am on a Saturday afternoon or Saturday night," Moulton said.