Surveillance Black boxes to be mandatory in all new vehicles sold in Europe
In 2019, the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) said that all vehicle manufacturers would be forced to fit black boxes to new models, and on the 6th July 2022 this plan came into effect.
The black boxes will record: the vehicle's speed, braking, incline on the road, the angle of the steering wheel, and whether safety features such as Air bags were used. Intelligent Speed Assistants (ISA) are also due to be fitted to all cars by 2024. ISAs use data from the GPS and speed cameras to determine the speed limit of the road you are driving on and adjusts the engine power accordingly, which would prevent you from exceeding the limit
"For the moment, they are “opt-in,” since drivers can still turn them off. But, the plan is to remove this option completely. And, should speed limiters prove to be successful, the self-driving cars industry would get an important boost. Some might say that drivers will now be testing this technology for that industry, for free." Says Reclaim The Net.
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