Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com
December 10, 2012
NHTSA is expected to finalize a long-awaited proposal to make event data recorders, the 'black box' standard on all new vehicles.
Last Thursday, the White House Office of Management Budget completed a review of the proposal which has cleared the way for NHTSA to finish up the final regulation.
The proposed regulation would raise the percentage of vehicles required to have a black box from 91.6% today to 100%. The incremental cost is expected to be around $24.4 million if the sales of vehicles stand at 15.5 million per year.
The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers agrees with the proposed rule but says the Government needs to take into account privacy of driver.
"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. 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," said spokeswoman Gloria Bergquist.
Currently, if your vehicle has a EDR, its yours. If Law Enforcement wants a peek at it, they need to get a court order.
Source: The Detroit News