‘Black boxes’ coming to NYC cabs

| 3/17/2003

The infamous “black boxes,” long sought by carriers who want to track their truckers and long fought by truckers protecting their privacy, have made an inroad into another part of the transportation system – taxis.

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, American Transit Insurance Co., which insures four of every five cabs in New York City, will offer a $300 insurance discount to cabs that install a black box to track the car's controls and senses precrash speed and other information.

The black boxes will be installed this summer, the newspaper reported.

Another company, Safety Intelligence Systems Corp. of Jersey City, NJ, plans to create a central data repository that will hold information from the boxes so the company can sell it to insurers, auto makers and governments.