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Feds Want ´Black Boxes´ in New Cars,
But Who Will Be Tracking You?

ABC News, by Mark Greenblatt

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Posted By:StormCnter, 12/10/2012 5:18:39 AM

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration would like to make it mandatory for automakers to install a so-called "black box" in all new cars and light trucks. The devices, also known as event data recorders, have long been used by investigators to discover the root cause of commercial airplane crashes. In recent years however, automakers have quietly begun installing similar products in more and more cars. Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray of Massachusetts found out the hard way last year. He crashed a car he was driving and told police that he was wearing a seatbelt and was not speeding


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Reply 1 - Posted by: pineledger, 12/10/2012 5:30:41 AM     (No. 9057252)

Many of us already have them. If you have a car with bluetooth that connects to your phone when you get in, where do you think that data´s going? If you have satellite radio that connects to your built-in GPS that tells you about traffic conditions, what do you call that?

Reply 2 - Posted by: Foggybottom, 12/10/2012 6:44:42 AM     (No. 9057279)

Can similar data gathering be implemented for the White House, the courts, police, fire and TSA? There may be ways to circumvent government corruption using black box technology.




Reply 3 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 12/10/2012 8:24:03 AM     (No. 9057377)

Incrementalism is the tool of the political devil.

The "Social Contract" which holds our culture together gets re-negotiated very slightly every damn day.

We require and I hereby demand a government which acts with the compliant attitude of a "New Hire" not the surly, pushy, haughty demeanor of a Unionized Lifer.

Who is working for who here ?

The tax payer-citizen is BOTH the employer and the customer.

It´s time we acted like it.

Reply 4 - Posted by: earlybird, 12/10/2012 8:24:12 AM     (No. 9057378)

And when there is an accident, who pulls the black box and reviews the date? If there is an obvious person at fault, what difference does it make?

Seems like overkill.

And assuming there is some darker motive, who will be watching all those black boxes, tracking their owners to Costco and Ikea and Walmart and the local supermarket?

Reply 5 - Posted by: earlybird, 12/10/2012 8:24:49 AM     (No. 9057380)

Re #4, should have said "reviews the data".

Reply 6 - Posted by: AnnG, 12/10/2012 8:41:15 AM     (No. 9057416)

They may want these black boxes to track your mileage so they can tax you.

Reply 7 - Posted by: johnnygeneric, 12/10/2012 9:02:38 AM     (No. 9057449)

I am no conspiracy nut, but it doesn´t take a stretch to see where all this is headed. All kinds of extraneous data is stored for later use AGAINST you.




Reply 8 - Posted by: kono, 12/10/2012 9:14:12 AM     (No. 9057468)

Commercial aircraft have no right to privacy nor a reasonable expectation of privacy.

This is different. Just .... Say .... No.

Reply 9 - Posted by: TheMom, 12/10/2012 9:29:20 AM     (No. 9057492)

I believe that the ´Cash for Clunkers´ program was aimed at getting rid of the vehicles that weren´t equipped with electronic spying gadgetry. It had nothing to do with any sort of economic stimulus.

Reply 10 - Posted by: lifelonghuman, 12/10/2012 9:50:34 AM     (No. 9057520)

Hopefully, some enterprising geek will devise a way to make it look like you drove to Moscow and Oslo last weekend. I particularly don´t like the GPS feature.

Reply 11 - Posted by: Salt5792, 12/10/2012 10:26:04 AM     (No. 9057607)

This will create a black market for mechanics who can disconnect such devices.

Reply 12 - Posted by: stablemoney, 12/10/2012 10:27:56 AM     (No. 9057612)

Safety concerns can be addressed with statistical sampling. There is no safety need to install black boxes in 100% of vehicles.




Reply 13 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 12/10/2012 10:34:07 AM     (No. 9057628)

Tracking to be performed by google.

Reply 14 - Posted by: kanphil, 12/10/2012 10:52:48 AM     (No. 9057655)

Google´s top kick rumored to be Cabinet head in the next Obama regime. Sounds like quid pro quo to me. Google´s too cozy with O for me. I avoid them whenever I can--and it´s becoming increasingly difficult.

Reply 15 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 12/10/2012 12:10:04 PM     (No. 9057788)

This could lead to federal car insurance in addition to your current policy as well as a federal fine for the most minor of traffic accidents, speeding and/or parking tickets.

The Feds are never at a loss for generating revenue. Expanding govn agencies to handle these new `services is just a congressional vote away, and right up Obama`s alley.

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