The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants black box recorders in all new cars so that law enforcement, insurance carriers and others will have access to the data in case of an accident.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will later this year propose a requirement that all new vehicles contain an event data recorder, known more commonly as a black box. The device, similar to those found in aircraft, records vehicle inputs and, in the event of a crash, provides a snapshot of the final moments before impact. That snapshot could be viewed by law enforcement, insurance companies and automakers. The device cannot be turned off, and youll probably know little more about it than the legal disclosure youll find in the owners manual.