Germany plans to require 'black boxes' in self-driving cars

Riders will still need to be in front of the wheel, though.

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Self-driving cars in Germany might end up having "black boxes" that can record details of accidents, similar to planes, Reuters reports. Sources say that the proposal from Germany's Transport Minister, Alexander Dobrindt, will also require that riders stay seated in front of the steering wheel, though they won't have to pay attention to traffic or actually steer. As you've probably guessed right now, the legislation follows the recent Tesla Autopilot-related driver death. Regulators and car companies alike will have to work even harder to prove the safety of self-driving cars.

Specifically, the proposal will require the boxes to record data when self-driving modes are turned on. It'll note when drivers enable the feature, and when they take over for manual driving, to help determine who exactly is at fault during an accident. While it's only a draft at the moment, the proposal is expected to be sent to other German legislative bodies this summer to be approved.