Black Boxes

Germany is considering requiring automotive manufacturers to include the equivalent of airplane black boxes in new automobiles.

Manufacturers will also be required to install a black box that records when the autopilot system was active, when the driver drove and when the system requested that the driver take over, according to the proposals.

This seems like it could help a lot, and increase accountability and trust in automotive manufacturers. There are privacy considerations, and hopefully this can be done in a way to mitigate those issues.

I’d love to see the industry voluntarily adopt a standard and opt-in, but if it has to be done by law, this seems like one of the higher-value regulations I’ve seen.

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