April 5, 2014 6:30 PM

‘Black boxes’ in vehicles show the truth in wrecks

Like the technology in planes, event data recorders provide answers for police, courts and the families of victims. The “black boxes,” which often are actually gray or silver, began appearing in the mid-1990s and now exist in more than 96 percent of vehicles sold in the U.S. Federal authorities have announced plans to require standardized versions in all vehicles by September.

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