NHTSA Administrator Pushes Support for Event Data Recorders in Automobiles
December 19, 2012 7:18 PM
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NHTSA's David Strickland
(Source: John F. Martin/Chevrolet)
David Strickland told The Detroit News that EDRs are "essential" for the safety of drivers
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is siding strongly with the implementation of
event data recorders (EDRs)
in all vehicles built after 2014, but others are still worried about the privacy of drivers.
NHTSA Administrator David Strickland told
The Detroit News
that EDRs are "essential" for the safety of drivers, and that he opposed the idea of having a switch that would turn the black boxes off.
"The EDR information tells us so much about what's going on with a vehicle," said Strickland. "[It will] allow us to figure out what went wrong so we can fix it or we can ask the manufacturers to fix it."
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.
While EDRs could be helpful in the case of an auto accident, some believe that driver privacy is at stake. For instance, auto insurance company AAA voiced concerns about privacy recently.
"Congress needs to ensure motorist rights are protected by passing legislation that prohibits access to data without permission from the owner or from a court order, unless the data is used for research purposes and cannot be tracked to a single vehicle," said Robert Darbelnet, president and CEO of AAA.
Strickland responded to such claims, saying the EDRs "don't track people" and "don't record (at all times)."
Earlier this month, the White House
Office of Management Budget finally
completed its review
of the NHTSA's EDR proposal to boost
the number of new vehicles with EDRs from 91.6 percent today to 100 percent of light-duty cars and trucks. The White House delayed its review for over a year.
Some automakers already place EDRs in all of their vehicles, such as Ford, General Motors Mazda and Toyota.
The Detroit News
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12/20/2012 1:45:43 PM
Ok, I'll bite. If you'll read the original post, which I quoted in my post, the scenario is that he's speeding on an icy road, loses control, and hits a concrete embankment. If he (not me) posts on the internet saying that his insurance should cover an accident he has while driving over the speed limit on ice, do you think YOU would want to insure him?
Oh, and I drove to work on ice this morning, thanks. After a quick brake check at low speed it was obvious that if I was going to share the road with other drivers who might need to stop suddenly, whether by using their brakes, another car, or a combination of the two, I would have to drive slower than normal. I did not drive 3 over the speed limit because I didn't want to deal with my insurance company today. But yeah, I guess that means I drive like an old man.
By the way, I was lucky enough to learn very early on in my life that getting there in one piece is more important than getting there a minute or two sooner. I say lucky because I learned that lesson with only a simple scar to remind me and nothing worse. If you need to be there two minutes sooner then leave two minutes sooner.
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