'Black Box' evidence convicts driver of manslaughter

From El Registro

Air bag ‘black box’ nails killer driver
By John Leyden
Posted: 03/07/2003 at 17:26 GMT

Evidence from a car air bag’s electronic data recorder played a vital part in sending a drunk driver who killed two girls to prison for 30 years.

Edwin Matos, 47, was drunk and speeding in a suburb near Fort Lauderdale, Florida when his Matos’ 2002 Pontiac Grand Am ploughed into a car driven by a teenage girl who pulled out of a driveway into his path.

Jamie Maier, 16, and her friend, Paige Kupperman, 17, were both killed instantly by the resulting crash last August. Matos survived.

In court last month, Matos’s lawyers claimed he was travelling 60 mph in a 30 mph zone. But data from the air bag’s electronic data recorder showed he was travelling at 114 mph seconds before the crash.

This evidence contributed to Circuit Judge James Cohn decision to sentence Matos to a maximum 30 years imprisonment when he was convicted on two counts of manslaughter for his crimes. The Judge also ordered Matos to pay more than $17,000 to the two girl’s families for funeral expenses, AP reports.

Data recorders in air bags can record a car’s speed and deceleration and other data such as the pressure on a brake pedal at the time of a crash.

An estimated 10 million vehicles in the US are fitted with such recorders, which vehicle manufacturers began putting in vehicles in the 1990s to test air bag performance.

In recent year court prosecutors have begun using information from these data recorders, the existence of which most drivers will be unaware, in criminal prosecutions, AP reports. ®

How long before such black boxes are tied to a usb port and the cops plug in a pda and say “two weeks ago you were doing 100mpg” and you go to jail…

Another reason to buy a classic car.

Cowboy

A USB port?
:devil:

Oh, the fun you could have with PC Plod plugging his PDA into a USB port on your cars dash. Just move a few wires to your laptop…

“Two weeks ago sir, you were doing, er, Warp factor 12 past the Orion Nebula…um, why is there a jolly roger on my screen?”

Originally posted by Cowboy
How long before such black boxes are tied to a usb port and the cops plug in a pda and say “two weeks ago you were doing 100mpg” and you go to jail…

Sent to prison for frugal fuel consumption, whatever next!

:wink:

Originally posted by Cowboy
[B]How long before such black boxes are tied to a usb port and the cops plug in a pda and say “two weeks ago you were doing 100mpg” and you go to jail…

Another reason to buy a classic car.

Cowboy [/B]

Would be a security nightmare for the police… client side security is no security at all is a widely quoted security law. That’s is if the user has unrestricted access to the physical machine all security measures can be defeated eventually. Someone will find a way to reset the data.

Why do people feel the need to go so fast on public roads? It’s irresponsible, if people want to drive so fast they should go to a race track and not endanger other peoples lifes…

Originally posted by O’Borg
[B]A USB port?
:devil:

"Two weeks ago sir, you were doing, er, Warp factor 12… [/B]

wonder how long it would take said Police Man to work out something was wrong :smiley:

Originally posted by barcode
[B]

Why do people feel the need to go so fast on public roads? It’s irresponsible, if people want to drive so fast they should go to a race track and not endanger other peoples lifes… [/B]

Don’t think anyone would argue the case for doing 114mph in a 30mph zone p1ssed up :chuckle:

Originally posted by Mincer
[B]Sent to prison for frugal fuel consumption, whatever next!

:wink: [/B]

It probably counts as Tax Evasion! :slight_smile:

Originally posted by barcode
Why do people feel the need to go so fast on public roads? It’s irresponsible, if people want to drive so fast they should go to a race track and not endanger other peoples lifes…

Because on a race track your average Boy Racer would quite possibly be made to look a complate prat by someone who could actually drive. :wink:

See Car and Car Conversions of a couple of months ago where they sent ex-BTCC driver Phil Bennet out round a track in a £500 banger. Embarrasing Lotus Elise drivers in a £500 BX16v is bad enough (although not that hard!) but the guy in the Scooby got really upset when Phil piloted a Metro 1.4GTa up the inside of him :smiley: