At Last, a Firewall for Your Car’s Black Box

You might not know it, but your car has the automotive equivalent of an airplane’s “black box.” It’s called an Event Data Recorder, or EDR, and anyone with a handheld scanner and access to the port under your steering column can download a wealth of information about your vehicle.

That worries Tom Kowalick, one of the engineers responsible for developing the EDR, so he’s crowd-funding a device that lets drivers lock up that data. It’s called the AutoCyb and it’s a deceptively simple solution: a mechanical dongle that plugs into a car’s diagnostic port, and locks in place with a key.