New cars to have black box under new law

May 25th, 2011 - 7:56 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Washington DC, May 25 (THAINDIAN NEWS) New media reports suggest that new cars will be required to have black boxes installed in them from next month. The issue of installing black boxes in cars has been discussed for some time now. In 2006, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommended that cars should have black boxes installed as a precaution.

However due to recent recalls by major automakers especially Toyota, the US government in February started considering mandating automakers to have the device in the cars. Officials hope to learn more about a particular car using the data that will be collected by the black box.

Critics say black boxes in cars will give the government the needed tools to place surveillance on drivers. Last year, a top official of Intel told reporters that a new device will record inside and out of a car.

Black boxes are already installed in some models from General Motors. It is reported that the company have been installing the device in some models since the 1990s. The Formula One has also been using the technology to find drivers who break the rules with their race during competitions.

A new federal law will require all new cars manufactured and sold in the United States to have the device installed.

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