If you thought that you had any privacy while driving your car, forget it. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has requested the approval of a new rule that gives anyone with the proper technology access to virtually everything you do once you turn on the ignition of your car.
What would you say if you knew that your car had a black box that recorded your speed, acceleration rates, pedal use and force, seat belt use, wheel spin, turning the steering wheel and direction the car is going? Would you want your insurance company to have access to that information and base your rates upon your driving habits and patterns? How safe would you feel if you knew that anyone with the right technology to access the black box in your car could set the odometer back or even change the VIN number and steal your car?
If you feel this is an invasion of privacy then never buy a newer car. Currently, experts estimate that over 90% of new cars already come equipped with these black boxes and if the NHTSA gets their way, starting on Sept. 1, 2014, every vehicle sold will be required to be equipped with a black box.
Many are questioning whether the black boxes are a further intrusion into our privacy and they wonder just how safe and secure they are. Supposedly, the information in the black box will be the property of the vehicle owner and that no one, including law enforcement or insurance companies will have access to the information without first getting permission from the owner. However, you know as well as I do, that someone will devise a way to gain access without permission and allow them change any and all of your information and even the identification of the car itself, making it easier to steal.
Safety advocates claim that the black box information will be far more valuable than crash tests in determining the safety factors of cars and their occupants. But what if owners refuse to grant permission to access their information?
In the wake of the NSA and FBI spying scandals, can you really trust the government or the insurance companies not to access your driving information? It seems to me that requiring black boxes are not only an invasion of privacy, but they will only set up more people to have their vehicles and driving information stolen. Makes me want to keep my older car a little longer, how about you?