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Is Big Brother your co-pilot?

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POSTED: Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 6:22pm

UPDATED: Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 6:24pm

Whenever there’s a new government mandate, lots of us start to get worried.
And in this case, folks are worried about big brother monitoring their cars.
It’s a device called an event data recorder, or simply, a black box.
But if you bought a new car in the last year or so, you probably already have one.
And the object of a black box is, a better understanding of what happens in real works car crashes.
The data recorder is like the black box on an airplane. And it only records certain things.
How fast you were going, did you take evasive action, throttle position, seat belt status, airbag deployment and the forces involved in the crash.
“All that stuff can be captured,” says David Briscoe who teaches auto mechanics at Tyler Junior College. “So, we’ve had the capacity for a good 10 years or more. The air bag controller has always been the notorious black box. It’s found generally in this area right here under the center stack. In most vehicles, this is where it’s going to be.”
It does not record sound.
It is triggered the moment the airbag pretensioners click in. it is not constantly recording, and the object is, better data on real world crashes.
The National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration wants it mandated in every vehicle, but  it’s already in 96% of the cars and trucks sold today.
But that doesn’t stop folks getting worried.
Lonnie Johnson hosts the Car Show on KTBB.
“Well, they just didn’t trust it,” he said. “As more and more of this technology comes out in cars, your lane departure warning and everything else. It seems that your personal responsibility seems to drop. And on this, the main reaction was that it was an invasion of their privacy.”
But look at it this way; it could cut down on frivolous lawsuits.
If you want to blame the car or the other guy in your accident, the box will tell the real story.

 

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