Someday your car will give you recommendations on where to eat, suggest more efficient routes between home and work, and even monitor your health. But for now it's just keeping tabs on your driving habits, recording your behavior in case it needs to be reconstructed after an accident.
Federal officials are poised to announce next month that all cars must contain a black box, similar to that installed on airplanes, to give authorities a glimpse of your activities in the event of a car wreck. The devices could help pin down what happened in the moments before a crash, helping authorities determine who is at fault for what, and eliminating uncertainty from human witnesses.
The SafePassage Automatic Identification System monitors the real-time data that commercial ships broadcast-including name, position, course and speed-for boats in a 30-mile radius. The system comes loaded with differential GPS, two data receivers, and ports for running information to a laptop or plotter, which will alert you if you're on a collision course. $1,250