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Black boxes for taxis

According to dottocomu, Japanese taxi firm "Nihon Kotsu has announced it is to introduce "flight recorders" to its fleet--a device that will record video as seen from the driver's seat for 18 seconds spanning before and after an accident."

via Ross


Is it me, or will the first panopticons be pandora's boxes, opened only in emergencies?

Most airbag systems in cars do this already.

Airbags considered harmful (from a privacy perspective, that is ;-)

It'd be great if the device could start beeping as it begins recording, 18 seconds before the accident.

Lane Transit District has quietly upgraded their entire fleet to full-time video recorders as well.