The EU is planning to make it mandatory to install Event Data Recorders in all cars in Europe, in order to study the causes of road crashes and improve safety.

The recorders, also called ‘black-boxes’, use GPS technology to record the vehicle’s information 30 seconds before a crash and 15 seconds immediately afterwards as well as to alert emergency services to the accident.

The technology used is similar to the tracking device used in aircrafts to keep drivers under constant surveillance.

The proposal to install the system in all EU cars from next year is subject to the approval of the police forces of the member states.

The project is part of the Intelligent Car Initiative to enhance safety, save money, reduce traffic congestion and cut CO2 emissions in Europe.