According to The Detroit News, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is set to move forward with new rules governing the standardization of data recorders on new cars. The rules will take effect on September 1 of this year.
The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers had petitioned NHTSA to postpone the requirement until at least September 1, 2013, but the government agency rejected the appeal. The group said that manufacturers that are currently using older event data recorders may simply disable the devices to comply with the new rules since the regulations don't actually force new cars to have the black boxes. General Motors, for example, has said it will disable some event data recorder functionality on both Chevrolet Malibu and GMC Savana models.

The rules aim to standardize exactly what information EDR modules collect and the format with which the devices store the data. Manufacturers will be required to record 15 vehicle parameters. Right now, a total of 90 percent of new vehicles for sale in the U.S. have EDRs. Eventually, NHTSA expects to mandate the technology on all new vehicles. Such a mandate was originally expected to fall at some point this year, but has been repeatedly delayed by the government agency. NHTSA estimates it will cost around $24.4 million to include the recorders the remaining 10 percent of unequipped models.


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      keet
      • 2 Years Ago
      i'd be interested in what those "15 vehicle parameters" are?
      themanwithsauce
      • 2 Years Ago
      I thought t was ruled that the black boxes are the property of the owner and so the information can only be taken voluntarily OR if the insurance company buys a wreck they can give the box back to the manufacturer. If I recall the courts ruled that claiming the data was the property of anyone but the owner of the vehicle was unconstitutional.
        Andre Neves
        • 2 Years Ago
        @themanwithsauce
        There are ways around that in the form of contracts that you sign when purchasing your vehicle. That's why you should always read them thoroughly.
      nick
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hope when this is plugged in after a crash, it can provide the following feedback: "ERROR ID10T. RETARDED DRIVER."
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      Waiting for the day until it is required that you ride with a police officer or Federal agent as your passenger when using your vehicle.
        S.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Probably TSA....just to piss us off even more.
      Schadenfreude
      • 2 Years Ago
      How about this. The NHTSA can istitute this crap if all 50 states eliminate the front license plate.
        Schadenfreude
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Schadenfreude
        Front license plates are useless and ruin the front of cars.
        Schadenfreude
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Schadenfreude
        yes I know not every state has a front license plate. Maybe AB should make an edit button...
      Garrett Hollander
      • 2 Years Ago
      no kidding... i dont think anyone can argue with the accident recording benefits but we all know its not going to stop there... just another way for the gov't to peek through our windows theyre fine just dont make them mandatory
      Toadroller
      • 2 Years Ago
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      NoBoost
      • 2 Years Ago
      Before everyone dawns their tinfoil hats, it looks like the headline of this post was sensationalized. Black boxes are currently not required, and won't be as of September 1. They are requiring that all data be in a certain format, or just not logged at all. If I remember correctly the bill that required all vehicles to contain black boxes was killed, as it should be.
        Zeus
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NoBoost
        Can you provide a link with some further explanation or where ever you got your info? Would like to read more.
          NoBoost
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Zeus
          From the news source: "In February 2011, NHTSA said in a White House report that it would make a proposal by the end of the year making EDRs mandatory. That proposal has been delayed at the White House Office of Management Budget for more than six months without comment. NHTSA spokeswoman Lynda Tran said the agency is still working on making EDRs mandatory. "The agency has made it a priority to work toward a proposed standard that would mandate these devices on all passenger vehicles on the nation's roadways," Tran said." From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120813/AUTO01/208130429#ixzz23Yxou2w0 So far there isn't a requirement to have black boxes...
      JR
      • 2 Years Ago
      Enough intrusion already. Wonder if it will have up-link capabilty right to the lawyers offices?
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Cruising
      • 2 Years Ago
      It makes sense that aircraft have black boxes because frankly when a airplane crashes there is not much aircraft left to investigate. Most vehicle accidents you still have much of the vehicle left to investigate. Also most vehicle accidents only take a few hours to days to investigate with good old fashion detective work. I don't need a computer to tell me that my truck flipped over because I went to fast around a curve that's kind of obvious Instead why does the government and auto manufacturers not work harder on getting the next generation of OBD systems into vehicles faster as standard equipment.
      jebibudala
      • 2 Years Ago
      SEC. 31406. VEHICLE EVENT DATA RECORDERS. (b) Limitations on Information Retrieval- (2) PRIVACY- Data recorded or transmitted by such a data recorder may not be retrieved by a person other than the owner or lessee of the motor vehicle in which the recorder is installed unless-- (A) a court authorizes retrieval of the information in furtherance of a legal proceeding; (B) the owner or lessee consents to the retrieval of the information for any purpose, including the purpose of diagnosing, servicing, or repairing the motor vehicle; (C) the information is retrieved pursuant to an investigation or inspection; or (D) the information is retrieved for the purpose of determining the need for, or facilitating, emergency medical response in response to a motor vehicle crash.
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