NHTSA Seeking More ‘Black Box’ Crash Data Information From Vehicles7
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is proposing a new rule that would require automakers to extend the required recording period for so-called vehicle ‘Black Boxes’ that collect live crash data.
Under the new proposal, automakers would be required to extend the data collection period for vehicle Event Data Recorders (EDRs), otherwise known as crash ‘Black Boxes’ from 5 seconds of pre-crash data at a frequency of 2 Hz to 20 seconds of pre-crash data at a frequency of 10 Hz. This would, in effect, increase the data sample size from 2 samples per second to 10 samples per second.
The stringent data collection method will give NHTSA more sophisticated info when conducting crash investigations, which can be particularly important when advanced driver assistance systems are involved. This data is used to conduct investigations into automakers when faulty vehicle systems may have caused an accident, among other applications.
Safety regulators have been investigating this rule change for three years as required by a law put in place back by Congress in 2015, according to Reuters. Crash data recorders, which collect data on throttle, brake and steering input along with crash forces and airbag deployment, have been mandatory in new vehicles in the United States since 2006 and were first recommended by the National Transportation Safety Board in 2004. If implemented, automakers would have to adhere to new, more stringent EDR rules by 2023 and would be required to install them in all new vehicles they sell.
The rule proposal says the change “begins the process of fulfilling the mandate of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) to establish the appropriate recording
period in NHTSA’s EDR regulation.” The FAST Act is a funding and authorization bill passed by Congress in 2015 for surface transportation spending.
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Does this mean that we’ll all get speeding tickets from Uncle Sam… You know we can’t drive 55.
Your Honor, I would have loved to go 55 MPH but the chip that controls my cruise control was not included in my vehicle.
I think “big Brother wants to know a hell of a lot more than how fast you went into a ditch or how hard you were rear ended… I received an email from GMC Onstar asking if they could track my vehicle every three seconds. This is the reasoning…
“The General Motors Family of Companies (including General Motors of Canada Company, OnStar, LLC, and affiliates) (collectively, “GM” or “we”) would like to collect certain data from your vehicle at 3 second intervals, including information about your vehicle or the use of your vehicle, such as location, elevation, speed and heading (“Data”). GM will use this Data for internal research and development purposes, including to help develop new products and services. Unless authorized by you, it will not be used to deliver personalized services to you or shared outside of GM in a form that can be associated with you or your vehicle. We will remove your name or similar identifying information about you from the Data before it is used for research and development. The Data collected from your vehicle may be communicated or transferred from Canada to the United States, the European Economic Area (EEA), or other locations where we or our service providers maintain servers for the purposes described above. If you let someone else drive your vehicle, it is important that you inform them of the collection, use, and, if authorized by you, disclosure of the Data. Your participation is completely voluntary. You have the right to withdraw your consent at any time and the right to access and rectify information about you that we collect. This request for consent in respect of the Data is separate from your consent in respect of any other information collected by GM, including in connection with OnStar or other connected vehicle services. Additional information about how we handle personal information in connection with connected vehicle services, including OnStar, can be found in the privacy statement available here. To withdraw your consent, or to exercise your rights of access and”…blah, blah, blah… But you get the point. So much for privacy… First, it starts with asking to give up your rights to privacy, next it will be mandated. As you can guess, I said no!
Down the road they will say “Oh we’ve been collecting this data for years, this is nothing new” Blah Blah and so it goes.
Technically, neither the automaker nor the government can collect such data without the person’s consent for the vehicle to be monitored. This violates so many laws that are in place to protect a citizen from government overreach. I heard that Trudeau, in Canada is interested in such information… But then, Trudeau openly admires the Chinese Communist political system.
That’s because he’s Fidel Castro’s son (really).
Dear Mr. Smith.
Our data shows that you were doing 70 in a 55mph zone. Please find
a citation inclosed.