Thanks to your government, section 31406 of Senate Bill 1813 passed by the 112th Congress, 2011–2012, calls for “Mandatory Event Data Recorders” to be installed in all new automobiles and legislates for civil penalties to be imposed against individuals for failing to do so.
“Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall revise part 563 of title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, to require, beginning with model year 2015, that new passenger motor vehicles sold in the United States be equipped with an event data recorder that meets the requirements under that part,” the bill states. Link.
A Video Event Data Recorder (VEDR) records video/audio inside + video outside the vehicle. The recordings start automatically or manually. There goes a HUGE freedom Americans can soon kiss goodbye!
Here's how it works (sigh!):