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The 'Black Box' comes with every new XE.
Just a snippit that I picked up from the Owners' Manual:

"EVENT DATA RECORDING
This vehicle is equipped with an event data recorder (EDR). The main purpose of an EDR is to record, in certain crash or near crash-like situations, such as an airbag deployment or hitting a road obstacle, data that will assist in understanding how a vehicle's systems performed. The EDR is designed to record data related to vehicle dynamics and safety systems for a short period of time, typically 30 seconds or less. The EDR in this vehicle is designed to record such data as:
• How various systems in your vehicle were operating;
• Whether or not the driver and passenger safety belts were buckled/fastened;
• How far (if at all) the driver was depressing the accelerator and/or brake pedal; and,
• How fast the vehicle was travelling.
These data can help provide a better understanding of the circumstances in which crashes and injuries occur.
Note: EDR data are recorded by your vehicle only if a non-trivial crash situation occurs; no data are recorded by the EDR under normal driving conditions and no personal data (e.g., name, gender, age, and crash location) are recorded. However, other parties, such as law enforcement, could combine the EDR data with the type of personally identifying data routinely acquired during a crash investigation.
To read data recorded by an EDR, special equipment is required, and access to the vehicle or the EDR is needed. In addition to the vehicle manufacturer, other parties, such as law enforcement, that have the special equipment, can read the information if they have access to the vehicle or the EDR."

I guess it had to come sometime, I wonder how long it will be before a mandatory requirement for every vehicle to have a 'Black Box' becomes law ?
 

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That's interesting, I remember reading somewhere that this was or is about to become law in the US. This was police can tell if you were speeding before an accident.

I don't know about any plans to use it in the UK (yet) but can see it happening. It will probably get tied into your insurance policy too.
 

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Automotive News Europe - Article by Aurel Niculescu

"Jaguar Land Rover is gearing up as one of the most technologically surprising luxury players, after a string of very interesting and successful concepts that have to do with driving pleasure and safety.

Now the group's connected car unit chief is envisioning a future where their cars would be able to tap into the drivers' subconscious to monitor its actions and make the vehicle act appropriately intuitive. "The greatest benefit the connected car gives us is data to better understand the real-world usage of the car, which in turn may lead to us engineering our cars differently," commented Jaguar Land Rover Connected Car Director Mike Bell. He believes the approach could yield a revolution in improving the current automaker-conducted customer "clinics", which today are restricted by gathering data after the event has taken place, rather than during the instance it occurs. He adds that our subconscious has a lot of tasks on its hand while we're embarking in the mundane task of driving, and accessing that raw data would mean the world in lifting the driving experience for each particular customer.

He adds the data would be subject to all current privacy safeguards, being treated as anonymous source to alleviate any privacy concerns - as the core business of the automaker clearly state data handling needs to be done in a transparent way. He even addressed the concern of hackers, adding the automaker works closely with security experts to make sure the research and development process of each vehicle fends off any vulnerability."

Yet more innovation:

http://www.carmagazine.co.uk/features/car-culture/six-ways-your-dashboard-will-change-by-2018/
 
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