Automotive accidents happen when drivers least expect it. If you have ever been in a car accident or have witnessed one, you will see that the time needed to sort out all of the statements can take hours. The concept of the “black box” has been around for many years now and is no new innovation. It was just that not all manufacturers were integrating this piece of technology into their vehicles. But now it may be more likely that every new car that comes off the lot will come with one pre-installed from the factories. In the simplest terms the black box is essentially a data recorder. It records data such as speed, throttle position, whether seats belts were used, and the like.
Having the black boxes in new cars will definitely make settling insurance claims easier. There will be a more definite decision towards who was in the right and who was in the wrong during accidents, with less greyness in between. However, privacy advocators believe that the black box could just be another way to invade our privacy. Sure the primary purpose of having these boxes are to monitor our behavior prior to the accident, but what if there were ulterior motives they were not mentioning. Perhaps the box could even monitor your location such as where you frequently travel to. This tid bit of information may not seem like much, but its enough to get a pattern of the neighborhoods you visit. Also one of the biggest concerns are the limits of the amount of data collected. Could audio also be recorded – your conversations, calls, etc…? Does it stop there, or does the list go on? What if companies could even sell/share your information to other agencies? Its still too early to say but we can see that there are so many possibilities for firms to collect data ABOUT you without your consent.
What do you think about the black box? Do you believe it could do more good than harm? Also what do you think about this type of technology in general. Do you believe advocates of the black box wanted this technology to be implemented nation wide because drivers are inherently untrustworthy when it comes to speaking the truth after an accident (in order to protect their own self interests) ?