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Bill Could Mandate Black Boxes in Cars

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

May 20, 2010

Privacy interests will likely be watching an auto safety bill that proposes all new cars be equipped with black boxes that record crash data. The Washington Post reports that one of the bill's more controversial elements would require the collection of pre- and post-crash data. While one proposal calls for recording 75 seconds of data, a Virginia Tech researcher says that having more would provide a better picture for post-crash investigations. "From a research point of view," said H. Clay Gabler, "the more data the better." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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