Little Black Secrets: An 11 News Special Report

Cars are equipped with all sorts of computer chips and components, which make driving safer, but are cars being built with a special chip that monitors how you drive?

For years the FAA has used in–flight recorders, or black boxes, to determine what the circumstances surrounding plane crashes.

But since the mid 1990s, American car manufacturers began implementing this technology.

"There are many computers that do record information on vehicle and the purpose is to diagnose a problem," Ed Bozarth Chevrolet Service Manager Ron Bush said.

These computers, which come under several names, from event data recorders to sensing and diagnostic modules, are designed to be activated in an accident situation and capture specific data five seconds before airbag deployment.

About 64 percent of all American vehicles built today are equipped with this device, but as car owners are you aware it's even there?

Right now, dealers are not required to disclose whether the device is in the vehicle or not, so if your curious if your vehicle is equipped, the best place to look is in your owner's manual.

Although these modules have been installed in vehicles for more than a decade, insurance experts say it's being used in less than one percent of all accident investigations.

And while the information is recorded, General Motors, the leaders in this technology, states the data will not be accessed or shared except with the consent of the vehicle's owner or official request from law enforcement.


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