Germany: Black box to be made mandatory in autonomous cars

Published: July 19, 2016

A new legislation has been planned and ready to be executed in Germany where automakers are going to install a black box in vehicles that already have autopilot features. This step has been taken in consideration to determine the responsibility in the event of an accident. Earlier this year, a fatal crash in Tesla Model S has alarmed industry executives and regulators to ensure that automated driving technology can be deployed safely.

To ensure that this legislation works out effectively, Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt has proposed that 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. (via Reuters)


On road activities such as driver’s attention and autopilot activation are going to be scrutinised with the help of a black box. According to the sources, the draft is due to be sent to other ministries for approval this summer. It’s another example of how regulators are expecting to put a control on increasing number of accidents that are occurring in autonomous vehicles.

Looking back to December 2012, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposed to make these “black boxes” mandatory in passenger cars. Although, the legislation is still to be implemented, IIHS announced that it has already installed the system in a lot of cars.

Germany is already home to some of the world’s largest automotive companies including Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW and the government is imposing laws on the industry to make it a global player in the market for self-driving vehicles. It is said that various companies around the globe are working on prototypes for self-driving vehicles, but these revolutionary vehicles are not expected to be available for the mass market before 2020.


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