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

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

How a Savvy Coder Hacked His Tesla

A software engineer asked by a Tesla Roadster owner to see what information the car was collecting on its performance managed to crack Tesla's data format. He found it records every second of its use. » 11/09/10 2:00pm 11/09/10 2:00pm

Investigators Find No New Defects, Enlist NASA Help In Toyota Probe

Data from black boxes in 58 Toyotas involved in sudden acceleration cases shows no evidence of any other defects beyond sticky pedals and chunky floormats, according to a report U.S. regulators gave Congress today. But you already knew that. » 8/10/10 3:45pm 8/10/10 3:45pm

Ford and NHRA Create Black Blue Boxes For Nitro Cars

There's an old Chris Rock joke that goes "How come every time an airplane crashes, all they can ever find is the black box. Why don't they just make the whole plane out of the black box?" That's all a setup for this story about Ford and NHRA teaming up to provide Blue Box sensors for all dragsters in the Top Fuel and… » 12/11/07 6:00pm 12/11/07 6:00pm