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Black Boxes Get Green Light (07 Dec 2004)
Often, people learn of the box's existence only when a lawyer introduces the data it contains in court to back up their version of events. In one well-publicized recent case, a Florida man was convicted in 2003 of two counts of man-slaughter and two counts of vehicular homicide when the event data recorder in his 2002 Pontiac Trans Am showed that he was traveling at 114 miles per hour (184 kilometers per hour) in an area where the posted speed limit was 30 mph (48 km/h) when he collided with another car, killing two teenage girls.

As many as 40 million cars on U.S. roads now carry event data recorders, it's estimated. Even so, their installation in cars did not become much of a public issue until August, when the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommended that they be required in all new passenger vehicles. Then, on 23 September, the IEEE announced that one of its committees had created the world's first technical standard for the devices.
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