The next new car that you buy may have a device integrated that records your driving habits, Last year we heard of a new plan initiated by federal officials to use black boxes in all cars. Well, after months and months of waiting, it seems that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has finally made the decision to implement the use of event data recorders, also referred to as black boxes, in new vehicles.
The White House Office of Management Budget has recently reviewed and approved the said proposal, so basically its up to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to finalize the standard and start adding the boxes in the new vehicles to hit the market. The NHTSA predicts, assuming that the annual vehicle sales go up to 15.5 million, that automakers will see a $24.4 million increase in costs, should the law be implemented.
But the issue is not just the cost but it has alot to do with privacy and automobile manufacturers are already concerned. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, group of automobile manufacturers that includes Toyota, Volkswagen, and Mercedes-Benz are already asking the NHTSA to consider the privacy of vehicle owners.
“Automakers do not access EDR data without consumer permission, and any government requirements to install EDRs on all vehicles must include steps to protect consumer privacy” said Gloria Bergquist, a spokeswoman for Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers.