Last year, there was a new plan initiated by federal officials to use black boxes on all cars. And now it looks like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is about to implement the use of event data recorders, aka black boxes, in new vehicles.
The White House Office of Management Budget has recently reviewed and approved the proposal. So it is up to the NHTSA to finalize the standard. The NHTSA thinks that if the annual vehicle sales go up to 15.5 million, automakers will see a $24.4 million increase in costs, if this law is implemented. That’s not good.
Privacy is the biggest concern. And the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, a group of automobile manufacturers that includes Toyota, Volkswagen, and Mercedes-Benz, are asking the NHTSA to consider privacy. It should probably be left to us if we want one or not.
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