Sounds really reasonable isn’t it? A box in your car that registers your behavior, route traveled, time traveled, storing data that can be used against you as soon as a new law is invented that makes something a criminal offense worse than aggravated homicide going 3 miles too fast… I see a booming market for EMP devices, with me being customer.
What are black boxes or in-vehicle data recorders?
These devices can be used in cars and commercial transport as a valuable research tool to monitor or validate new safety technology, to establish human tolerance limits and to record impact speeds.
Black boxes can also be used to influence driving behaviour and facilitate forms of automatic policing (100% surveillance of all traffic offences). Offenders can be tracked more easily and fined automatically by means of devices such as Electronic Vehicle Identification – See EVI website. At the same time the system can be used to reward safe behaviour  and to reduce insurance premiums .
Two types of in-vehicle data recorders are currently used: crash data recorders and journey data recorders.
Crash data or event data recorders
These collect data over a period before and after the crash. They are often based on the airbag control module and will cease to store information once the airbag has deployed .
What road safety problem do they address?
These devices are an important monitoring and research tool for road safety management, as illustrated below.
Usefulness of event data recorders or crash recorders
Increased quality of accident data
Increased accuracy of data
Possibility to use information previously not possible to obtain
Better evaluation of new safety technology
Knowledge of injury thresholds for the design of a crashworthy road transport system
Better understanding of injury causes and injury mechanisms
Influence on accident involvement risk?
Useful from legal aspects (insurance)
Information used for “e-Call” systems
Pre-crash data to investigate collision causation – Evaluation of active safety systems
Crash data to investigate crashworthiness
Evaluation of interior safety systems
Calculation of injury risk versus impact severity