The agency noted that having access to uniform crash information from EDRs, regardless of the vehicle 's manufacturer, will help investigators recreate crash scenes to determine causes. The rule will support the development of safety regulations based on crash information that NHTSA collects from vehicle owners who agree to share information from their EDRs with the agency.
The safety agency said it also expects the new rule will enhance the value of automatic crash notification systems, including the Enhanced 911 emergency response system currently under development by making it easier for vehicles equipped with automatic crash notification features to provide accurate and immediate information to emergency personnel.
The new federal regulation will apply to all passenger vehicles and light trucks weighing 8,500 lbs or less. See the NHTSA notice here.
How do you know if your current vehicle is equipped with EDR? Chances are high that it is - especially if it's less than three years old. General Motors, for example, includes EDRs in all of its passenger vehicles, while companies like Toyota have been utilizing the technology for quite some time. Check your owner's manual for more information since many states currently require EDR-equipped cars to be labeled so.
Want to get rid of it? You're out of luck - the technology is so well integrated, there's no easy removal system. So, for the time being, feel satisfied that your black box is only stealing a few seconds worth of information from your pre-crash vehicle data... or else be good just in case.
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