EU study recommends black box recorders for cars

The European Union is believed to be considering imposing legislation which will see all cars fitted with aeroplane style black box recorders, to help make it easier for police to indentify the cause of a crash.

A recent study on behalf of the union concluded that the boxes would help improve road safety. The boxes, also known as Event Data Recorders (EDRs) record 20 types of data such as vehicle speed, direction and recent driver actions including when the brakes were last applied and whether the horn was used.

The information would be used by police and insurance firms to determine who was at fault in the event of a crash. The study, called Project Veronica, cost the EU €2.4 million and took three years to complete. It found drivers with black boxes in their cars were 10 per cent less likely to be involved in a fatal accident, and their repair bills fell by as much as 25 per cent.

However a Department for Transport spokesman told the Telegraph: "We are looking at this report on Event Data Recorders. However, the technology raises serious privacy and legal issues and we have no plans to introduce these devices."

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