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Airplanes Black Box Saves Lives and Answers Questions, Your Car May Be Next To Get One

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Everyone knows when a plane goes down, the first thing the investigators try to get is the black box recorder. The recorder can measure the actions of the pilots, record transmissions and also anything on their dash they may have seen. This week ended the public comment sessions to put a black box in every new car sold by September 1, 2014.

Here’s the thing, they may already be in there. Some car makers are installing them already to make airbags safer and record info from the deployment. Quietly tucking the devices, which automatically record the actions of drivers and the responses of their vehicles in a continuous information loop, into most new cars for years.

Toyota drivers had been claiming that their cars had been accelerating out of control, the black box was able to determine that some of the owners were lying.

According to AOL Autos, Data collected by the recorders is increasingly showing up in lawsuits, criminal cases and high-profile accidents. Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray initially said that he wasn’t speeding and that he was wearing his seat belt when he crashed a government-owned car last year. But the Ford Crown Victoria’s data recorder told a different story: It showed the car was traveling more than 100 mph and Murray wasn’t belted in.

In this way it can save money for people who are honest drivers, it can also get to the bottom of a lot of accidents.

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