Monday July 18, 2016

Germany To Require "Black Box" In Autonomous Cars

The home to some of the world's largest car companies including Volkswagen and BMW are putting forth legislation that would require manufacturers to put black boxes in cars with an auto-pilot function.

Under the proposal from Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt, drivers will not have to pay attention to traffic or concentrate on steering, but must remain seated at the wheel so they can intervene in the event of an emergency. Manufacturers will also be required to install a black box that records when the autopilot system was active, when the driver drove and when the system requested that the driver take over, according to the proposals. The draft is due to be sent to other ministries for approval this summer, a transport ministry spokesman said.