Aircraft-style black boxes for cars are being developed by Intel
13 July 2010

Computer scientists are developing intelligent cars with aircraft-style black boxes that would make it easier to identify the cause of car crashes and the person responsible.

Researchers at computer chip giant Intel have created a device that can record information about vehicle speed, steering and braking along with video footage from inside and outside the vehicle.

This data would be automatically sent to police and insurance companies in the event of an accident.

The device forms part of an envisaged intelligent car which will be able to detect dangers on the road and even take over control from motorists.

The researchers have talked with car manufacturers about developing vehicles that are permanently connected to the internet and other vehicles using wireless technology.

Justin Ratner, the director of Intel Laboratories, said: “We are looking at a whole range of enhancements that will improve the driving experience, safety and security of vehicles.“The intelligent vehicle is what we are talking about here. Once a car is connected [to the internet] all sorts of interesting possibilities present themselves.”

Examples might include the ability to recognise street signs and take over control of a car if the motorist tries to drive the wrong way up a one-way street.

The cars will also be able to track surrounding vehicles and alert drivers if they get too close or try to change lanes when another vehicle is in their blind spot.

The intelligent cars could also have technology not relating to safety such as onboard sensors for detecting pot holes and report their location to road maintenance authorities.

A spokesman for the Association of British Insurers said: “A system like this could certainly help speed up the process of determining the cause and responsibility of an accident.

“Any system would have to not increase the cost of repairing vehicles though, to ensure that motorists see a fall in their insurance bills.”

 

Andrew Papworth

 

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13 July 2010

[quote Autocar]Computer scientists are developing intelligent cars with aircraft-style black boxes that would make it easier to identify the cause of car crashes and the person responsible.
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Hasn't there been somthing albeit much more basic for some years though? It must be ten years ago when my sister in law clipped a pole and barrel rolled her S500 Merc and the mechanic later told me that they could 'interrogate' the ECU or CPU or whatever it is and could download what the car had been doing prior to the accident. He said that they could tell gear position and revs and a number of other things that would normally be used as a diagnostic tool. I know this is much more sophisticated though. I wouldn't want to see it used by police to book me fore speeding 3 weeks ago! Civil liberties anyone!

13 July 2010

It's the same picture again! Is there any news story where it cannot be used?

13 July 2010

[quote Autocar]The researchers have talked with car manufacturers about developing vehicles that are permanently connected to the internet and other vehicles using wireless technology.[/quote] If they can make a car that is able to connect wirelessly to the internet after a crash they'll be doing better than any computer I've ever used

 

13 July 2010

[quote Autocar]
Researchers at computer chip giant Intel have created a device...

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Will they be calling this crash/accident system Bentium then?...

13 July 2010

Smacks of Big Brother...

13 July 2010

[quote Leslie Brook][quote Autocar]The researchers have talked with car manufacturers about developing vehicles that are permanently connected to the internet and other vehicles using wireless technology.[/quote] If they can make a car that is able to connect wirelessly to the internet after a crash they'll be doing better than any computer I've ever used[/quote]

The signal would be just as good as any mobile phone signal. perhaps in poor signal areas the communication will travel from car to nearby car until it travels to a better location to contact a base station?

remember the cars would have their own antena built in so would have much better reception than phone handsets.

13 July 2010

Big Brother! I feel also the refusals of reimbursement from the insurers.And the fines...

Smile you're being filmed. This is for your safety.

Citizens get up!

13 July 2010

Cant see the point of this as surely 90 % of accidents are down to the nut behind the steering wheel .

13 July 2010

Love it for pilotless automobiles

Hate it for sentient controlled transport

Only acceptable to me if our law-makers suddenly change tack and treat drivers as a valued asset and not a familiar-on-wheels for the vampiric state to bleed for cash as and when they see fit.

13 July 2010

[quote Old Toad]Cant see the point of this as surely 90 % of accidents are down to the nut behind the steering wheel .[/quote]

And the black box will allow those nuts to be made liable rather than them blaming it on something else.

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