Russia May Equip All Cars with ‘Black Boxes’

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The Russian government has agreed in principle with the idea of equipping all cars with "black boxes" – special damage-proof devices which record traffic and vehicle data useful for accident investigations.

Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich ordered the creation of an interdepartmental workgroup tasked with drawing up legislative amendments in order to facilitate the deployment of intelligent telematics systems (ITS), the Izvestia newspaper reported.

The workgroup is to consist of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Ministry of Transport, Interior Ministry, Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications, Finance Ministry and Ministry of Emergency Situations, as well as the Bank of Russia, GLONASS union and AutoNet group of the National Technology initiative.

Implementation of ITS includes the outfitting of all cars operating in Russia with onboard devices that monitor the state of all of the vehicle’s systems.

The idea is to create a unified environment for the collection, processing and transmission of virtually any form of data regarding the state of the vehicle, from its location and speed to the condition of its components.