Did you know that most cars made after 2013 have a black box? They record information leading to an accident, that your insurance carrier can review.
Black boxes are also known as ‘event data recorders’ and are commonly found in newer cars. The one in your vehicle is similar to black boxes in airplanes. We’ve provided a list of some interesting facts you may not know about your car’s black box.
Three Shocking Facts About Your Car’s Black Box
#1 What your black box records
Black boxes record the speed of the car, if/when brakes were used, if seatbelts were worn, and if airbags were released prior to the accident. This information is only gathered during the last few seconds before an accident occurs.
#2 How your black box helps
There are pros and cons to your car’s black box. The major PRO is they are a great tool for solving accident disputes as they use real data and information versus what people can remember.
#3 Addressing black box privacy concerns
Some people are concerned and consider having this in your car to be an invasion of privacy. Although black boxes record information from your private vehicle, there is limited access to this information. Black box data is ONLY made available to third parties, like an insurance company, and ONLY if the owner of the car agrees to it or if the court issues a subpoena.