They have “black boxes” for planes but what about your new car or truck?

February 15th, 2010 by

By now everyone should know a little bit about OnStar. It’s a service that comes with every GM vehicle if you chose to subscribe or not is up to you. OnStar comes with things like automatic crash response, stolen vehicle recovery and they will even transmit some data from the vehicle. If you are in a car accident your vehicle will transmit data to OnStar letting them know you’ve been in an accident. The thing about OnStar though is that at the moment it can not record information from a vehicle accident. For instance you may want to know if your brakes went out, or you had sudden acceleration, or something similar that could have caused your accident. Onstar can’t record that information at the moment but GM is getting very very close.

An event data recorder or EDR is a device installed in some automobilesto record information related to vehicle crashes or accidents. In modern diesel trucks, EDRs are triggered by electronically-sensed problems in the engine (often called faults), or a sudden change in wheel speed. One or more of these conditions may occur because of an accident. Information from these devices can be collected after a crash and analyzed to help determine what the vehicles were doing before, during and after the crash or event. The term generally refers to a simple, tamper-proof, read-write memory device, similar to the “black box” found on airplanes (as opposed to the tape recorders and video cameras common in police vehicles and many commercial trucks). – Wikipedia

Do you think that EDR’s (event data recorder) should come standard in all new cars and trucks? Or do you feel a little bit like big brother is watching you and it’s an invasion of your privacy? This is a big debate over in Washington right now. I want to know what you think.

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