WASHINGTON — U.S. auto regulators mentioned they wish to require automakers to gather extra crash knowledge from occasion knowledge recorders — extra generally referred to as “black boxes.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Wednesday proposed requiring black packing containers to gather 20 seconds of pre-crash knowledge at the next frequency fee to assist higher perceive the actions that result in a crash.
NHTSA at present requires 5 seconds of pre-crash knowledge at a slower assortment fee for automobiles with EDRs.
The company had studied adopting the regulation for greater than three years — as required by Congress below a 2015 regulation. NHTSA was speculated to have finalized the brand new knowledge assortment guidelines by 2020.
Black field knowledge is a key software for NHTSA investigations, together with crashes the place superior driver help methods are suspected as an element.
NHTSA says the information offers a “comprehensive snapshot” of driver actions earlier than a crash and might help “improve future vehicle designs and more effective safety regulations.” NHTSA used knowledge from EDRs in its 2010 Toyota unintended acceleration probe.
In 2019, below former President Donald Trump, NHTSA withdrew a 2012 proposal to require EDRs in all new automobiles as a result of it mentioned automakers had voluntarily put in the gadgets in almost all automobiles.
In 2006, NHTSA required for automakers that put in EDRs to gather sure knowledge, together with automobile velocity, crash forces in the meanwhile of impression, whether or not an airbag deployed or if the brakes have been utilized within the moments earlier than a crash and if seat belts have been fixed.
The National Transportation Safety Board in 2004 really useful EDRs be made necessary in all automobiles after a California crash killed 9 folks.
NHTSA estimates 99.5 p.c of recent automobiles have EDRs. The new guidelines would take impact no sooner than September 2023.
The company famous not less than one automaker — Honda Motor Co. — is voluntarily accumulating EDR knowledge on the standing and operation of superior driver help methods.