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Toyota news - Toyotas to get ‘black boxes’ - 2010
One aspect of the
Toyota recall you might not have considered. The company is developing a more
comprehensive ‘black box’ data recorder to be installed in every car. Like the
ones in aircraft, these will record exactly what’s happening in key systems up
to a crash.
They’ll keep an eye on
speed, throttle, brakes and more.
Toyota wants to use the
data to help diagnose the causes of ‘unintended acceleration’. There’s a big
storm brewing in the US, where many consumer groups and members of the congress
are alleging that there’s a more complex problem than the sticky throttle pedal
that’s being recalled in Britain at the moment.
Of course, you can
immediately see where this is going. If this idea catches on, every move we
make as drivers will be recorded and could be stored. Fancy that? Us neither.
Paul Horrell, Consultant Editor of Top Gear magazine