That Black box is called an Event Date Recover or EDR. Project 21 is opposed to the proposed mandate. Co-Chair Horace Cooper says it would capture too much of your personal information. “There is absolutely no good reason for you to have to voluntarily give your private information about who you are, who you travel with, how much you weigh, or anything else about yourself, just because you own a car.
He says the Obama Administration has said only the last two minutes of the information prior to an accident would be reviewed. But Cooper admits, he doesn’t believe that. “You and I both know if the investigator, or anyone, is looking at your data, and in the last two minutes, they don’t find what they are looking for, they are going to go back another minute. And they will go back another minute. And another, until they find what they want.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is proposing the regulation. It says the data could be used by to help make your cars and roadways safer. Cooper says its no more than a violation of your privacy.