And this is a bad thing? If you aren't being reckless, why worry?G6Action said:yes, it HAS been used in accident situations. i read where one person was convicted of wreckless homicide. she was found guilty of speeding when she hit another car, killing a passenger in the other car. the court used the 'info' from the defendants own car to convict her. i think she was going 77 in a 65 mph zone. not really sure that at those speeds, it really would have made a difference if she had been going 65, but apparently the prosecutor and jury thought so.
so, beware....your car is not like your spouse, it CAN testify against you!!!
The data stream that is recorded is only a few moment long anyway, with the aim of capturing activity just prior to a catastrophic event, such as airbag deployment or sudden stop due to impact. No different than an eyewitness or a red-light camera at an intersection.
On the brighter side -- how long do you think it will take some enterprising individual/company to come up with a set of blinders for these things? Doesn't take long for them to reprogram ECU's, why would it take any longer to close the black box's eyes?