It appears that my previous thread is dead (shows up in Google search, but won't open, and doesn't appear in the forum as far as I can see).
I am about to install solar on my house. I'd love to buy a Tesla. I like them from a design and engineering perspective, and appreciate that the company is willing to cut its own trail rather than continue to follow the beaten path of every other car company.
However, I will not buy a vehicle that records crash (and particularly pre-crash) data such as speed, steering angle, yaw rate/angle, acceleration rate, throttle/brake application, etc. With BMW and Mercedes-Benz installing EDRs in their vehicles as of the last year or two, I believe that VW/Audi are the only manufacturers remaining to choose from.
I know that Tesla allows owners to opt-out and disable their cars from transmitting other data to the manufacturer for those who value their privacy. Legislation has been introduced to require the EDR "black boxes" to have a manual disable provision by the owner. While I don't think there is much likelihood of the bill being passed into law, with consumers rapidly becoming more wary of digital data gathering and privacy concerns, might Tesla voluntarily apply its "leading edge" spirit to this issue and configure their EDRs such that owners would have a choice as to disable them?