Snap Judgment: Is There Room for Big Brother in Your Car?

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When the automotive gaffes of 2010 are chronicled, the swarm of Toyota recalls will likely be at the forefront. And even though Toyota has worked to correct the mechanical problems at the center of the recalls, the government has looked into the possibility of installing aircraft-grade black boxes in passenger cars.

Back in June, we reported that in-car data recorders might be moving closer to reality. The prohibitive cost of installing black boxes in mainstream automobiles, however, stalled the process.

Today's Snap Judgment: Would you want a black box installed in your next new car?

Recently, Intel has workshopped new data recording technology in a Smart Fortwo, specifically targeted at the mainstream, in the form of wi-fi event recorders linked to existing vehicle software. Top engineers say this technology would allow mechanics and investigators to go beyond the traditional diagnostic tests to find out the source of a malfunction or accident. According to an interview with The New York Times, Intel chief technology officer Justin Rattner also hinted that the cars of the future will be equipped with video cameras inside and out.

If black boxes go mainstream, you'll most likely never drive alone, but do potential benefits outweigh the negatives?

Let us know what you think in the comments section below, and check out the Automobilemag.com Forums to see what everyone else is saying.

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