Progress Continues on Federal Requirement for “Black Box” Recorders in Motor Vehicles

By John Page on December 12, 2012 - Comments off

“Black box” event data recorders (EDR) have been standard in many vehicles sold in the United States for several years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) currently requires most, but not all, passenger vehicles to have EDRs installed. The regulation may soon be expanded to cover all light vehicles, pending the NHTSA can figure out how to handle the privacy concerns.

The journey toward requiring EDRs in all vehicles completed another step recently, as the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released its review of the new NHTSA regulations. The next step in the process is for the NHTSA to release finalized regulations.

The quest to require EDRs in all passenger vehicles hit a roadblock in 2010, when Congress discussed a law requiring the devices but never passed one. Several auto manufacturers who sell vehicles in the U.S. supported the idea, but were concerned that Congress would require more complex or costly devices than were then being used.

Today, the primary concern surrounding EDRs is privacy. While the data the “black box” collects during a crash can help automakers create safer vehicles, regulations need to control for driver privacy issues, say automakers. Most car companies currently use EDR data only with the permission of the vehicle’s owner.

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