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.”