A massive auto safety overhaul bill has made its way out of committee and onto the floor of the House of Representatives for voting. According to Automotive News, the biggest changes that the bill proposes is the mandatory addition of black boxes and brake override mechanisms to all new cars and trucks. The event-data recorders would track information shortly before and after an accident for a specified period of time in order to help investigators determine the cause of an accident. Legislators and manufacturers alike began to push for the recorders in the wake of multiple accidents associated with Toyota’s unintended acceleration woes.
And you thought you could avoid the intrusive OnStar-type features by not buying GM vehicles.
I’m sure that those who live in states with mandatory seat belt laws know the progression laws mandating black boxes will take. It’ll start with “just before an accident” information and in a decade the Fed will find another crisis suitable to pass legislation mandating manufacturers to have the systems store years worth of data.
And not to sound paranoid, but you and I both know that “just before an accident” means storage of at least 24 hours worth of info.
I have my solution to avoiding this problem which I’ll (hopefully) be able to unveil in a couple weeks.