Everything You Need To Know About The Black Boxes Coming To Your Next Car

It's looking very likely that a bill in Congress that will make mandatory the use of "black boxes"— more formally, Event Data Recorders (EDR) — will become law soon. These are little computers clad in rugged casings that record data from your car's various sensors and computers to use for accident investigation and,… » 12/07/12 2:45pm 12/07/12 2:45pm

Honda Black Box Will Put Scummy Insurance Scammers on Notice

Honda's Drive Recorder is the solution to he-said/she-said arguments involving car crashes. The Drive Recorder is essentially a souped-up black box. It includes a camera that records video and audio for 12 seconds prior to a crash and eight seconds after. Also included is a box that records other important data and… » 2/04/08 12:30pm 2/04/08 12:30pm

Black Box Bogey: NHTSA Says Carmakers Must Tell Buyers They're Being Watched

The Feds have spoken: No exposure without disclosure. This week, the NHTSA gave automakers a green light to put black-box data recorders aboard new vehicles, but from 2011 onward they must inform car buyers if a model carries such a box. (Currently, 60% of new cars have them.) That'll give regulators and… » 8/23/06 7:57am 8/23/06 7:57am

More on Progressive's Elective "Black Boxes" for Usage-Based Insurance

As we once reported, Progressive is paying some of its policyholders to be the Guinea pigs in a research study into usage-based insurance. Blogger mnot now points us to details of Progressive's TripSense data recorder — a dongle connected to a car's data port that collects information on driving habits. According to… » 11/21/05 11:30am 11/21/05 11:30am

When Big Brother Is in the Mirror: Car Chip E/X

On his Cool Tools blog, Kevin Kelly profiles the Car Chip E/X, a nifty device that allows drivers to download precious info from a car's electronic pancreas brain. The chip plugs into a car's interior OBDII interface and can record up to 300 hours of driving data, making it a kind of e-spy you can use to rat on… » 10/17/05 6:23pm 10/17/05 6:23pm

In America, Car Watches You: Lexus and MCI Team up to Monitor Drivers

Toyota announced it was including two driver-monitoring technologies, developed with telecom giant MCI, in its 2007 Lexus GS 450h sedan. As Edmunds Inside Line reports, one is like a digital mother-in-law that calculates the possibility of a collision and sends an alert if a driver isn't facing forward; the other… » 9/08/05 10:32am 9/08/05 10:32am