why are black boxes now mandatory?

All new models of vehicles homologated in the European Union must be fitted with a black box. This device, called “event data recorder”, should improve road safety and provide better knowledge of what happened at the time of an accident. What exactly will these black boxes record?

Know the speed of the vehicle

The main objective will be to be able to record what happened 30 seconds before an accident and ten seconds after. This will allow you to know the speed of the vehicle, whether it has braked, accelerated… If you are wearing your seat belt or if you will be using your turn signal…

The box records continuously but, if there is no accident, the data is erased as it goes. They are anonymized and do not capture any image or sound inside the vehicle. Only authorizations will have access to it, not your insurance for example.

Improving road safety

What will be the consequences of the arrival of these black boxes? They will primarily improve road safety. In the United States, where this system has existed since 2015, road accidents have fallen by 20%. And the other potential good news for motorists is that despite the additional cost of buying a new car, this could lower the amount of car insurance, as confirmed by Christophe Dandois, president of Leocare.

“As the data is anonymized, we will not be able to have an impact individually but collectively and be able to discuss again as and when the decline is observed. And therefore to have an impact on the insurance premium of our customers”, explains- he on Europe 1.

The deployment will be done in two stages: from Thursday, any new model launched by a manufacturer in Europe will be equipped. And, from May 2024, all new award-winning cars will also have a black box.


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