Controversial "Black Boxes" Finding Way Into Courtroom
Controversial "Black Boxes" Finding Way Into Courtroom:
For many years now, many American made cars have been equipped with "Black Boxes" that are capable of recording driving conditions including speed, braking distance, direction of travel, even seatbelt usage. Forensic use of the data collected by these devices has been a subject of controversy primarily on privacy grounds, but it appears that more and more courts are beginning to see the probative value of the data.
In the most recent example of Black Box forensics, the defense in manslaughter trial has successfully petitioned the court to have data contained in a Black Box made available as part of pre-trial discovery in a criminal trial involving a police chase.