Vehicle Event Data Recorders

Event data recorders, also known as “black boxes” or “sensing diagnostic modules,” capture information such as the speed of a vehicle and the use of a safety belt. In the event of a collision this information can be used to help understand how the vehicle’s systems performed. In December of 2012, the National Highway Traffic Administration proposed a rule that would require automakers to install event data recorders in all new light passenger vehicles. Although the proposed rule would have required manufacturers to install the devices beginning in 2014, the rule was never finalized. Nonetheless, some estimates indicate that most passenger cars are already equipped by manufacturers with event data recorders. …

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