By next month, every driver in the U.S. will be required to have a black box in their vehicle.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will declare that all automobiles are required to contain the event data recorder – similar to those found in aircrafts – in order to monitor driving habits and provide a snapshot of the final moment of impact if the car crashes.
The snapshot will be able to be viewed by law enforcement, insurance companies and automakers and the owner of the vehicle will not be able to turn it on or off.
Critics of the mandate see it as another Big Brother-style invasion of privacy by the government while others believe it is a way to keep tabs on drivers.
It will also make it easier for insurance companies to settle claims and have access to circumstances surrounding car crashes.
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