🖤 Donations of all sizes power our public service journalism Give Now

Black boxes coming to cars

John Moe May 24, 2011

The question is: does that make you feel safe or nervous? Popular Science is reporting that federal officials are “poised” to announce new regulations next month that will require data recorders to be used in all cars sold domestically. These would be similar to airplane black boxes and would be used for similar purposes: determining, after a crash, what happened, what went wrong, and who was at fault. A lot of cars already have these types of data recorders but the use of that data varies from state to state with some states allowing it to be seized and used as evidence in legal actions. This comes at a time when a lot of courts are struggling with the idea of what constitutes legal search and seizure when it comes to a smartphone found in a car. Is it protected like a private diary or is it admissible like a notepad in plain view?

There’s a lot happening in the world.  Through it all, Marketplace is here for you. 

You rely on Marketplace to break down the world’s events and tell you how it affects you in a fact-based, approachable way. We rely on your financial support to keep making that possible. 

Your donation today powers the independent journalism that you rely on. For just $5/month, you can help sustain Marketplace so we can keep reporting on the things that matter to you.