Sunday, December 9, 2012

Obama Gives OK For Black Box Data Recorders to Be Installed in All Cars

Susanne Posel, Contributor
Activist Post

With complete disregard for driver privacy, the Obama administration gave their consent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA) to mandate black box event data recorders (EDR) be installed in all new cars in the US.

The NHTSA says that by September 2014 all car and light trucks will be equipped with EDRs that will silently “record the actions of drivers and the responses of their vehicles in a continuous information loop.”

The information recorded by EDRs includes:

• vehicle speed
• whether the brake was activated in the moments before a crash
• crash forces at the moment of impact
• information about the state of the engine throttle
• air bag deployment timing and air bag readiness prior to the crash
• whether the vehicle occupant’s seat belt was buckled

The NHTSA claims that “EDRs do not collect any personal identifying information or record conversations and do not run continuously.”

Advanced EDRs can collect detailed information about drivers and their driving habits; including the size and weight of the driver, the seat position, the habits of the driver as well as passengers.

The excuse is the EDRs gather information about car crashes in the moments leading up to the accident that manufacturers can use to improve their safety measures when constructing vehicles. However, the government regulation utilizes surveillance technology with policies that do not outline the expressed use of the data collected in the EDRs.


The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers is opposed to the US Congress requiring EDRs in all vehicles by legislation. Although they admit that “event data recorders help our engineers understand how cars perform in the real world but looking forward, we need to make sure we preserve privacy. 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.”

A statement published in March of 2012 by the AAM clearly explains that the NHTSA is not concerned about protecting the privacy of drivers with regard to EDRs and leaves such issues to the elected officials on Capitol Hill. By passing the buck the NHTSA then reiterates their support of EDRs for surveillance use to assist auto manufacturers in the construction of future vehicles.

EDR information has become common place as evidence in lawsuits, criminal cases and high-profile accidents.

The Congressional legislation would not allow for an opt-out option and federal regulations would demand that automakers give over the data recorded on the EDR to federal agencies at their discretion. In fact, the NHTSA admits that they cannot “impose limits as how the information can be used and other privacy protections.”

Bosch Diagnostics, creator of the Crash Data Retrieval software, works with local law enforcement, government agencies and auto manufacturers to provide surveillance technology to the auto industry.

The CDR software has been installed in 2013 vehicle models of:

• Chrysler
• Dodge
• Fiat
• Jeep
• Ford
• Lincoln
• General Motors
• Honda
• Infiniti
• Nissan

Earlier this year, S.1813, “Mandatory Event Data Recorders”, a.k.a. MAP-21, was championed by Senators harry Reid and Barbara Boxer and called the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act.”

According to the bill:
Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall revise part 563 of title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, to require, beginning with model year 2015, that new passenger motor vehicles sold in the United States be equipped with an event data recorder that meets the requirements under that part.
The data recorder would be property of the owner of the car; however, the government would have complete access to the data inside under specific circumstances such as court order. Failure to adhere to court orders or even having the EDR installed in a vehicle would result in civil penalties against American citizens. The Secretary of Transpiration would be charged with extracting the data through investigation or inspection.


In 2011, David Strickland of the NHTSA said that the US government was considering forcing this black box technology onto the car manufacturers and recall millions of Toyotas to refit them with these devices. This year, Strickland accurately predicted that the NHTSA would make a formal announcement about these black boxes and the mandates for installing them.



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18 comments:

auntiesocial said...

before they put black boxes anywhere shouldn't they find the ones on flights 175 and 11?

i'm just sayin'

Anonymous said...

Totally unconstitutional. Obama cannot make laws. The article forgets to mention that.

Anonymous said...

Massive boycott time!!!!

Anonymous said...

There will be a cottage industry in disabling the black boxes, just like with the emissions control stuff. Just google "diesel power" and you'll find out what it means.

Anonymous said...

George Orwell would be proud.

Anonymous said...

yo, your smartphone is tracking you way more than any black box. you have no idea what your iphony is tell the world. you need to think about that way more than any car...

Anonymous said...

That will be interesting for collision shops, cops and insurance companies. The last time I got rear ended at 65 m.p.h. by a 3/4 ton pick up (in a Toyota Celica), it would have meant that the guy who hit me would have had more of a chance of getting a ticket.

It was so bad and he never hit the brakes. The collision shop DESTROYED my car before taking pics or letting the insurance company take a look because they must have been covering for someone. That is illegal.

Their insurance company threatened to sue my for fraud when I tried to file a mini-torte.

My insurance company had just removed "rental car" coverage from my policy 2 weeks prior to the accident without my consent or approval - and then they gave me 33% of blue book value on my car.

They must have checked out my finances and found that I couldn't afford a lawyer so they could screw me.

How will the black box fit in? I have a feeling the system will continue to develop in such a way as to screw the little guy.....we haven't deviated from that trend yet.

Anonymous said...

Life, LIBERTY, and the pursuit of happiness? 535 fkn worthless traitors in Washington using the constitution as toilet paper. Time to pick our families up n leave this pos country. FUNWO!

Anonymous said...

The NHTSA claims that “EDRs do not collect any personal identifying information or record conversations and do not run continuously.” Right.

To be begin with the DOT is the biggest racketeering operation under stealth mode to ever exist. If you may argue this, just ask yourself what the whole foundation of our freedom is. THE LIBERTY of LOCOMOTION.

Since when has it been a privilege to go to the store to purchase groceries for you and your family?

Since when has it been a privilege to go pick your children up from school on a stormy day?

Since when has it been a privilege to travel to the church of your choice.

Since when has it been a privilege to travel to your government offices to redress your grievances?

We the people have been robbed and extorted for billions for generations through this fraudulent agency called the DOT and now they are going to push it even farther with this black box agenda?

We are most definitely living in an Orwellian Twilight Zone on steroids world. Next will be the chip in the head.

IT'S ALL CALLED TREASON FOLKS, but don't worry about it, just go back to shopping.

Anonymous said...

They can kiss my ass bcs I'm NEVER going to buy a
CAR w/ a Black Box , period and frankly I'm getting sick and tired of the Surveillance Noose Tightening around our damn collective necks .

Anonymous said...

I would imagine they will plant this device in such a manner as to render the vehicle inop if you tamper with the Black Box... It will VOID your Insurance, more than likely... Take your license... all that jazz....
I personally am looking for a way to provide for my family without the use of a car, gas, electricity... or other such materials... or Job... I am thinking in order to accomplish this, I would basically be taking a 150 year step backwards to do this and they will not allow it through "Building Codes"... Property Taxes... Property Zoning... I hate to say it but it's time to Reboot the system...

Anonymous said...

It wont matter most pf us Americans wont be able to afford a 2013 by oh lets say next week!! All you hetto basterds that vites this CLOWN in for round two of destroying our country.....good job you lazy worthless phycs!! My old VW is looking better and better!! Haha! Phuc you Obummer! Why it gotta be a black thing! Haha! All you idiots that voted for this non American can kiss my white ass!!

Anonymous said...

Black boxes in your cars, RIF ships in your television sets, on your credit cards, & on your child's school ID tag. They want to know what you do 24/7 so it's easier to find you, herd you into the cities, load you on the rail cars setting on tracks all over this country and shoving you into FEMA detention camps. If you can't see this by now, I have only one thing to say...YOU FIRST!

Anonymous said...

EVERYTHING IS ILLEGAL!!!! Does it matter to this POS from hell organ grinder monkey in the black house? He is the lawless one, the antichrist. Fight everything he does. He abides by nothing, and so do we now. It's God's law or nothing in my book!

Anonymous said...

Last anonymous commenter at 3:14PM. Question: Are you mentally retarded?

Anonymous said...

Commercial vehicles in Germany had a mechanical speed recorder in operation 50 years ago. It was a round card that made one revolution in 24 hours with a line on it controlled by the speed of the vehicle. When a policeman stopped one of these vehicles the driver was required to show this card to prove that he/she hadn't exceeded the speed limit that day. If they did, they got a citation. Does anyone really believe that American law enforcement won't use this ability to give out tickets in our country?

Ares said...

Who created these things? They have no right to bug our cars? I mean, and here's a quote"Advanced EDRs can collect detailed information about drivers and their driving habits; including the size and weight of the driver, the seat position, the habits of the driver as well as passengers." Do we want people knowing our information which is a complete privacy infraction"! And if that isn't enough, the people controlling these things can CONTROL OUR CARS! This is not right! Whoever made this should come out and respond to our rights and opinions!

Ares said...

As i said in my last post (unless it didn't make it through), we have a right to PRIVACY!

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