From 2022, black boxes in cars should digitally monitor the driving behaviour of drivers

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Author: Julian Bauman


So far, drivers have been noticed when they misbehave on the road. From 2022, however, a mandatory black box should also document behavior in the car.



Stuttgart - More and more high-tech software is installed in modern cars. Last year, for example, the Stuttgart -based car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz presented the “Hyperscreen” glass dashboard , which is now used in the new S-Class and also in the electric counterpart, the EQS . Many components are electronically controlled, especially in the increasingly popular e-cars, which Porsche AG also builds with the Taycan series, for example.


The state-of-the-art software in car models from Mercedes-Benz and Co. is intended to make driving safer on the one hand, and on the other hand to make the time in the car more comfortable in the form of entertainment systems. Frequent drivers often spend more time in their car than at home. Not least because of this, a new EU regulation will probably cause trouble. So far, misconduct on the road has mostly been noticed by other drivers or the police. From mid-2022, however, mandatory software, a so-called black box, will also monitor the driver inside his car and also transmit recorded data to the police, reports Der Spiegel .


Monitoring in the car: Speed ​​​​warner should be constantly active


Take your hands off the steering wheel on straight stretches, write to your girlfriend or boyfriend for a moment or drive a little faster than allowed - all of this has not been a problem for drivers so far, as long as they were still in control of their vehicle or no other road users if they exceeded the speed limit endangered or caught in a speed camera. According to Spiegel , privacy in your own car will be over by mid-2022. The EU regulation 2019/2144 provides a technology to make drivers comply with the speed limit. A speed warning should be active at all times.


According to the EU, such a black box will be mandatory for all new vehicles, i.e. cars, trucks and buses, from mid-2022. From July 6, this regulation will initially apply to vehicles that are new to the market. From 2024, however, all new cars will have to use such technology, reports Der Spiegel . With the regulation, the EU wants to avoid the death of up to 25,000 people in road traffic in the future.


Mandatory black box as a mixture of cruise control, speed limiter and navigation system


However, the driving assistant called ISA (Intelligent Speed ​​Assistant) by the EU is not a completely new technology. Rather, it combines systems that are used in almost all modern vehicles anyway. More specifically, it is a mixture of the cruise control, the speed limiter and the navigation system, reports the mirror . The driving assistant is to use sensors, cameras and a digital map network to recognize the applicable speed limit and draw the driver's attention to it if the speed limit is exceeded.


This can be done either visually, by means of an illuminated warning in the driver's field of vision, or acoustically, by means of a warning tone. It is also possible for the ISA to also transmit a haptic signal to the driver by vibrating. Since not all car brands have displays in the driver's field of vision, other options should also be used. If the speed is exceeded, the ISA can increase the back pressure on the gas pedal. The driver would then have to press the pedal much harder.


Monitoring assistant at the introduction of the duty free

According to the EU regulation, even more drastic measures against speeding are conceivable. For example, the ISA can throttle the fuel supply or even switch off the engine independently. However, the EU does not want the system to be understood as a general speed limit through the back door. A strong pressure on the gas pedal could overrule the ISA and the system could also be switched off, for example for the duration of a journey. The next time it is started, it will be activated again automatically.


However, the fact that a lot of data on the behavior and driving style of the driver is to be stored in a black box, which can be read out if necessary, should lead to just as much trouble as the speed control. From mid-2022, drivers in new cars should rather keep their hands on the steering wheel. Unless they drive an S-Class or an EQS from Mercedes-Benz. The Stuttgart car manufacturer received approval for category 3 autonomous driving . This means that the models can drive completely autonomously on the motorway at speeds of up to 60 kilometers per hour with the autopilot switched on - without any hands on the wheel.


At the start of the planned ISA obligation for new cars, car buyers will not have to pay extra for the system. According to Spiegel , the assistant will be free for seven years, after which the car manufacturers can decide for themselves whether they want to charge additional fees for certain system functions.

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