The debate over 'black box' technology in cars - FOX 13 News

The debate over 'black box' technology in cars

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At the Tampa Auto Show, the future is bright.

"Dreamers can dream big time here," said Tuncyna Babagana.

The technology coming next could be a data recorder under the hood of all vehicles. We're talking about so-called black boxes used on the road in a very similar way the airline industry uses black box technology on planes.

"I think that's a great idea. I really believe in it because if there's an accident, you can record what happened. It won't be one person's world against another," Babagana said.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is proposing a requirement for all new U.S. vehicles to have black boxes by September 2014.

Some drivers consider it an invasion of privacy.

"I definitely am against that," said Kevin Wong.

"I'm kind of 50-50. It's probably good for accidents because then you can prove. But if it had GPS or something, I wouldn't be for it," said Jason Bryant.

The data recorders capture the moments before and after a crash, not your every move, but some worry it may be too much access that could fall in to the hands of a third party.

"Everybody wants their freedom, but at the same time everybody wants to be safe too," Wong said.

It's a feature that comes equipped in most 2013 vehicles, but it's not yet mandatory.

"I think it's a good idea because if you are in a crash, just like in an airplane, at least they'll have something to go on," said Waredell Midgette.

He wishes he'd had the device in his vehicle before finding himself in a litigious crash that came down to two conflicting stories.

"If there was a black box there, it could explain exactly how it happened, how I hit the brake and what else happened. It would shine a lot of light on the entire incident," he said.

The boxes typically activate only when an airbag is deployed. They are designed to store only a few seconds of information. The issue for a lot of people is federally mandating the technology without putting forth protective laws to avoid misusing the information.

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