Black boxes help solve crimes and untangle alibis. After Timothy Murray crashed his Ford Crown Victoria in 2011, the lieutenant governor of Massachusetts told police he was wearing a seat belt and wasn’t speeding. He later said he’d fallen asleep.
The black box? It said the government-issued sedan was going over 100 miles an hour and that he wasn’t wearing a seat belt.
Everyone knows commercial airplanes have black boxes, but car recorders also reveal throttle and brake position, whether the ignition was on or off, and whether the air bags deployed.
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