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NHTSA pushes for black boxes in cars

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If some federal regulators get their way, the government could have access to your actions on the road.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced Friday that they want automakers to install event data recorders, better known as black boxes, in all new cars starting in Sept. 2014. While some say this will only make the roads safer, others say it's an invasion of privacy.

The goal behind this proposal is to collect information that can help investigators figure out the cause of accidents, and help manufacturers make safer cars. The boxes automatically record everything a driver does and vehicle response.

This technology has been used for years on airplanes, but a lot of newer model cars have it as well.

Chatham Parkway Toyota General Sales Manager Rick Rondeau said in Toyota cars, the black box is essentially a computer system stored in the SRS Airbag. He believes the proposal will only benefit consumers, and allow manufacturers to make safer vehicles.

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