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The NHTSA is now preparing to finalize the regulation

The White House has finished its review of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) proposal to mandate event data recorders (EDR) in all new vehicles.

Now that the White House Office of Management Budget has completed the review, the NHTSA is preparing to finalize the regulation. The proposal suggests increasing the number of new vehicles with EDRs from 91.6 percent today to 100 percent of light-duty cars and trucks.

Event data recorders, also known as "black boxes," collect driver data such as speed, use of a seatbelt, whether brakes were applied, etc. before and after a vehicle crash. The idea behind them is to deploy better safety measures for vehicles as well as better overall vehicle design.

The NHTSA originally said it'd create a proposal for the White House concerning EDR regulation by the end of 2011. After doing so, the White House Office of Management Budget delayed comment or review for a year.

Back in August of this year, the NHTSA rejected the White House's request for further delay of the black box standards.

Some automakers already place EDRs in all of their vehicles, such as Ford, General Motors Mazda and Toyota.

The road to EDR regulation hasn't been all smooth, though. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, which includes Toyota, Volkswagen AG and Detroit's Big Three, had issues with both driver privacy and the cost of these black boxes.

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers complained in May 2010 that the black boxes suggested by the government were too expensive to deploy in all vehicles. Further, it stated that EDRs could potentially be abused by the government.

"Event data recorders help our engineers understand how cars perform in the real world but looking forward, we need to make sure we preserve privacy," said Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers spokeswoman Gloria Bergquist. "Automakers do not access EDR data without consumer permission, and any government requirements to install EDRs on all vehicles must include steps to protect consumer privacy."

In April of this year, the U.S. Senate passed a highway bill called the "Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act", also known as MAP21. The bill aimed to require all new 2015 model year vehicles to have black boxes for record vehicle data.

Source: The Detroit News

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By Dr of crap on 12/7/2012 1:20:01 PM , Rating: 1
"Event data recorders help our engineers understand how cars perform in the real world..."

IF that where true, changing the thermostat in my car, which should be very easy and very quick and something I could do myself, I wouldn't have had to pay almost $400 to have someone else to it becuase it's not in the "normal" location.

Cars wouldn't rust out in strange locations and cause trouble. Changing oil would cause a mess in some cars because the oil from the filter drips all over everything. Having to remove a motor mount and jack up the engine to change a spark plug in a V6 engine ( GM ).I could go on with stupid things I've seen, but why bother.

I've said for years, if the car makers wanted to make BETTER cars, buy back some of their 8 year old models and SEE WHERE THEY messed up in the design, and see what parts are failing on a regular basis.

It's all about the sales, and screw the person that owns the car after 5 plus years and has to get an expesive repair done because of their engineering screw up! Or talk to mechanics and find out the repeating problems their cars are having!
They know nothing about the bad reputation they are getting from their bad designs!!!

RE: Sorry
By DT_Reader on 12/7/2012 2:58:47 PM , Rating: 3
I used to work in the auto industry (Oldsmobile). Trust me, they know full well when they screw up. Like that V6 sparkplug issue you mention, most don't show up until it's too close to production to fix. Thanks to the EPA requirements, the lead time on automobile design is longer than you might think. The design must be final before EPA testing starts, the test cars must drive 50,000 miles before the design can be approved by the EPA, and the EPA must approve the design before production can begin.

They also buy used cars on the open market, as you suggest.

If it's a good idea, chances are you're not the first person to think of it. That goes for bad ideas, too :-)

RE: Sorry
By Iaiken on 12/7/2012 3:05:17 PM , Rating: 2
I've said for years, if the car makers wanted to make BETTER cars, buy back some of their 8 year old models and SEE WHERE THEY messed up in the design, and see what parts are failing on a regular basis.

They don't have to buy the cars, they need to start having their existing service departments digitally document all non-scheduled maintenance and make it available to the manufacturer. This would give them a huge amount of data to farm information from and would allow them to be pro-active about quietly taking care of widespread problems instead of waiting for a full-blown recall.

“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads

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