Automotive black box protects cyber data

The U.S. government rulemaking proposal seeks to mandate an automotive black box / Event Data Recorder (EDR) that you cannot turn-off, disable, or remove. You vehicle may already have one.

What’s the simple solution? What can you do besides comment to a docket from a federal regulatory agency that admits it doesn’t even have the statutory authority to address who owns the data, how it can be accessed and for what purpose it is used. You can take action and control data access.

AUTOcyb is the only automotive cyber security lock. It is a vehicle connector lockout, U.S. patented and globally standardized by the IEEE as IEEE-1616a. Designed for post-1996 light vehicles (cars and light trucks) that contain a Diagnostic Link Connector (DLC), it simply attaches to the vehicle’s DLC to protect the security, integrity and authenticity of data.

This connector lockout gives you the reassurance of knowing that you have control of crash data. The black box / EDR will still work exactly as it is designed to. However, you determine when and whom sees the data (within State law) and thus, control how it is used. Generally, the owner of the vehicle is considered to be the rightful owner; however, courts can subpoena crash data in civil and criminal court cases.

Many vehicle purchasers do not know these devices are in their vehicles and most are unaware of the nature and potential use of the information collected by their EDR. Data collected by EDRs, without the driver’s knowledge, has been used in civil and criminal cases in several states and in Canada. Automotive insurance companies are considering basing policy rates on EDR data.

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