Principal Technical Analyst
Earlier this month, in the 2nd Session of the 112th Congress, the United States Senate passed Bill 1813, which mandates the presence of event data recorders (EDRs) in all vehicles sold in the US by 2015. Additionally, the US House of Representatives is considering similar legislation.
Section 31406, titled “Vehicle Event Data Recorders,” indicates that Part 563 of Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, will be revised with new regulations centered on the implementation, capabilities, ownership, and accessibility of EDRs in passenger vehicles available in the United States.
Furthermore, Part D (revisions) of Section 31406 requires that EDRs record data for a “reasonable” amount time before, during, and after an airbag deployment or rollover and that these data be accessible by means of “commercially available equipment” in a “specified data format.”