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

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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 manufacturers plenty of time to work up a standard-triplicate disclosure document (yours is the pink copy) buyers will likely sign and date at purchase time. The agency will also set a baseline requirement for the amount of data the boxes collect during a crash at 15 pieces, including speed, seat belt use (binary), and which pedal a driver hit beforehand. That last one would indemnify carmakers in cases of accidental acceleration. Thanks, Big Bro. Er, sort of.


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Soooooo carmakers can't store a couple of seconds of data in flash memory, but the government can sort through my phonecalls, emails, banking, health, and travel records without a warrant?

something vaguely hypocritical here.

Also, what's the situation on used vehicle resale? I highly doubt the second hand user will be served a notice of disclosure at the transfer of a title.