GM to back the use of black boxes in vehicles

GM to back the use of black boxes in vehicles

March 1, 1:55 PMAkron Sports Car ExaminerBryan Usrey


General Motors has announced that it will officially back Gene Green’s push to create a Federal mandate for black boxes in future new vehicles. GM has been installing these Event Data Recorders in every car since 1995 and believes that a black box mandate in cars could help analyze accidents.

The topic of these black boxes has been on the front burner as of late, due to the recent Toyota hearings. The black boxes could have been used as part of the testimony of victims of Toyotas unintended acceleration issue.

“GM will work with NHTSA, Congress and others on this issue, including taking the necessary steps to assure that important concerns about privacy are adequately addressed,” said Michael Robinson to Left Lane, vice president, environment, energy and safety policy.

Another key issue that helped spawn a Event Date Recorder mandate was the discovery that Toyota was the only car company that uses a unique system that can only be read by a single device, while GM and Ford use systems that can be read by multiple devices.

Current EDRs are used to diagnose vehicle problems, not to help analyze accidents. Many fear that these new devices, if used, are an invasion of privacy and will give law enforcement new ways to shut down vehicles in a pursuit.

Currently, NHTSA doesn’t require EDRs to be installed on new vehicles.

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