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Event data recorder (EDR) or "black box"  (Source:
The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers wanted to push the setting of black box standards to September 2013

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) declined the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers' request to delay set standards for "black boxes" in vehicles.
The black boxes, called event data recorders (EDRs), are used in autos to record the last moments before an accident to identify its cause. Automakers have been using them for awhile now, but the NHTSA's new standards, which are to be set September 1, could force auto companies to replace their current EDRs for more expensive ones. 
The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, which represents automakers like Detroit's Big Three, wanted to delay the setting of EDR standards to September 2013. The group said automakers with older EDRs can meet the new regulations by disabling these older versions, but only as long as the new rules set standards for the devices -- not mandate them. 
The NHTSA rejected the request in an eight-page letter, saying that it has already cooked up some ways to help automakers comply without having to spend extra money. Besides, the new standards have already been delayed several times since the rules were finalized in August 2006. 
"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," said Lynda Tran, NHTSA spokeswoman. "NHTSA remains committed to proposing a standard in the coming months that will help save lives by ensuring both automakers and the agency have the necessary data to make continued improvements in vehicle safety."
According to NHTSA, EDRs are already in 91.6 percent of vehicles today, and it would only cost about $24.4 million to boost this number to 100 percent. This is based on the sale of 15.5 million light vehicles annually. 
Back in April, the U.S. Senate passed a bill called the "Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act," also called "MAP21." The bill aimed to place EDRs in all 2015 model year vehicles, but also had a bit of a downside -- the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) could strip Americans of their passports if they owed enough tax money. 


Source: The Detroit News

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RE: Interesting
By othercents on 8/15/2012 9:26:39 AM , Rating: 3
So if you were involved in an accident and it was deemed your fault, however you knew that the other driver did something to cause the accident, wouldn't you be happy to know you can prove it by having the police officer look at the EDR?

If the EDR is only accessible after an accident and isn't storing data for normal traffic stops then there really isn't any reason not to have them unless you are the one causing the accident and trying to get away with it.


RE: Interesting
By tigz1218 on 8/15/2012 10:03:02 AM , Rating: 3
So your saying the ability to prove the correct cause of an accident is a strong enough reason to give up our right to privacy?

How about this, instead of making it a law and forcing it on everyone...if you want a black box installed in your car to help in that situation, then go to the store and buy one yourself?

Sad how so many of you are willing to burn the Constitution for little conveniences cause you are too lazy to buy/do something on your own.

RE: Interesting
By Reclaimer77 on 8/15/2012 11:12:36 AM , Rating: 2
If the EDR is only accessible after an accident and isn't storing data for normal traffic stops then there really isn't any reason not to have them unless you are the one causing the accident and trying to get away with it.

That's always how it starts you gullible fool!

You know what's funny about Daily Tech? If Google tried something like this, there would be 100 posts from people screaming about privacy rights, and how evil Google is, etc etc

But nobody except me and the same 3 or 4 other people seem to question when the Government does something or apply any critical thinking.

RE: Interesting
By Nfarce on 8/15/12, Rating: 0
RE: Interesting
By Ammohunt on 8/15/2012 2:26:44 PM , Rating: 2
Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

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