Germany Wants ‘Black Box’ inside Self-Driving Cars

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Based on the few accidents that have happened involving self driving vehicles, Germany will soon require cars with self-driving functionality to include a black box inside them. According to Reuters, Germany hopes the black boxes will assists law enforcement authorities to identify who or what was responsible in the event of an accident. Additionally, a black box would reveal if a car’s autopilot function was on, when the driver was actively engaged with the vehicle, and when the autopilot function sought driver intervention.

Companies such as Tesla is currently battling an issue regarding a fatal crash which has a lot to do with its Autopilot function, although some suggested the company gets rid of the Autopilot feature in its electric cars, Tesla doesn’t plan on removing its Autopilot feature but to make it better by providing updates and explaining in details how it works to its customers. The black box law, is expected to make its way through approvals this summer.


An autonomous car is a vehicle that is capable of sensing its environment and navigating without human input. Autonomous cars can detect surroundings using a variety of techniques such as radar, lidar, GPS, odometry, and computer vision. Advanced control systems interpret sensory information to identify appropriate navigation paths, as well as obstacles and relevantsignage. Autonomous cars have control systems that are capable of analyzing sensory data to distinguish between different cars on the road, which is very useful in planning a path to the desired destination.



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