I want to show you a few pictures before I get started. These are in Des Moines, certainly not the largest city in the Midwest. Public transportation used to be a matter of fact, even in smaller cities like Des Moines, Iowa; it took you to work, it took you to the theater, it took you to the grocery store. If you wanted to visit someone in Minneapolis or Chicago, you hopped on a train. If you wanted to visit someone in a nearby small town, you hopped on an interurban. If you wanted to meet someone for lunch, you hopped on a trolley. After WWII, things really started to take off for cars. The need for a national infrastructure, big, organized and national, seemed obvious. America decided it was time for the freedom of personal vehicles. Thus, mass transit died off in a big way in smaller cities, became non-existent in small towns, and turned crummy in bigger cities. This whole fake “green” movement that’s swept our nation is turning people back to using mass transit. Meanwhile, there has been discussion of utilizing “black box” data recorders in personal vehicles. My purpose in starting this thread is to see where my fellow Loungers stand. I’ve already included the poll, but leave your comments. When is too much, too much? If data recorders become a normal, will you give up your vehicle, or will you decide that a cookie-cut drive to the store and back is acceptable? What are the ramifications to our society one way or the other?