From 2015 all new cars in the U.S. will be fitted with black box data recorders.
The bill states that “beginning with model year 2015, that new passenger motor vehicles sold in the United States be equipped with an event data recorder that meets the requirements under that part”.
Although the information gathered by the black box will remain the property of the owner of the car, the government has the right to access it if needed in an investigation or a medical emergency.
It seems that technology is moving fast and inventions such as biometric face-recognition and transdermol sensor which won’t let a inebriated person drive the car disabling the vehicle, or systems that won’t let the vehicle start if the driver is overtired have already been developed. Another invention, deemed of a Big Brother scenario, would be getting the state’s permission to start your car after your iris has been scanned and your taxes payment checked.
The Black Box issue is not new at all. Back in 2006 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration advised but didn’t require carmakers to install the system. But the bill requiring the installation of black boxes was passed on April 20th by the U.S. Senate and waited for approval from the U.S. House of Representatives.