EDRs Are Coming

By Deane Barker on August 11, 2004

2008 — Not ‘1984’: My kid will be 14 in 2008 — coming up on driving age. I really, really want one of these for his car. As for mine, however, all I have is indignation at the invasion of my privacy.

Big brother will be watching you for sure by 2008 — the year Event Data Recorders (EDRs) will become mandatory standard equipment in all new cars and trucks unless public outrage somehow puts the kibosh on a proposed law.

EDRs are “black boxes” much like the ones airplanes have. They can record a wide variety of things — including how fast you drive and whether you “buckle up for safety.”



  1. 14 is coming up on driving age in the US???! Wow, that’s young. Over here (Ireland) you have to be 17 before you can even get a provisional licence.

    Maybe that’s why the US had 15 road deaths per 100,000 people, whereas we have around 9.5 deaths per 100k. Great Britain only has 6 deaths per 100,000.

  2. In the state of South Dakota (every state is different), 14 is driving age. You can get a restricted permit allowing you to drive between the hours of (I think) 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. This restriction is lifted once you hit 16.

    Yes, this is young. Probably too young. Many times over the last 20 years, people have tried to push this age back. There’s another big push right now. Time will tell.

    Let me clarify by saying that my kid is not going to drive when he’s 14. Maybe when he’s 15 with me in the car.

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