The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed
a rule this month ordering automakers to put so-called "black boxes"
in all new vehicles by late 2014, but some experts are concerned
that the new rule won't protect the security of the data stored
A member of a working group at the Institute
of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has cited
problems with the new rule because electronic data recorders
(EDRs, also known as "black boxes") could reportedly be accessed
by anyone who wants to tamper with data after an accident. "We're
all for event data recorders," Tom Kowalick, chairman of the IEEE
Global Standards for Motor Vehicle EDRs and an author of seven
books on EDRs, told Design News. "But we're also for some kind of
basic consumer protection."
Kowalick contends that numerous companies already make
software-based solutions for downloading and altering data after a
crash. "Last time I looked, there were 23 companies making
products that allow someone to erase your crash data," Kowalick
An IEEE working group says that event data
recorders won't maintain security of vehicle crash data.
(Source: Tom Kowalick/AirMika Inc.)
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