Not Your Father’s Data RecorderFriday, June 11, 2010
Reader Brent Petersen points out some of the usual government nonsense from bill H.R. 5345, or, the ‘Consumer Auto Safety Enhancement Act of 2010.’
For the 2012 model year, cars that are due to hit the market in a few months, congress wants an event recorder of specs yet to be determined in every new motor vehicle.
It’s supposed to resist fire and tampering but the standards are yet undefined. It’s supposed to be universally readable by a standard that does not exist yet. It’s supposed to provide data which in some areas many vehicles don’t even have sensors for.
In these difficult economic times congress expects products to incorporate a brand new sub system and have it functional and have it fully tested to work and not interfere with other systems in what ever little time is left between the start production and whenever the secretary of transportation gets around to deciding all the important details. 2012 models can just come out in 2013 instead of 2011 I suppose.
I guess that is what can be expected of a bunch of people who think their power can define reality and have never made a product.
Note what the Act says in Section 2, under the “Findings.”
(4) Requiring the inclusion of event data recorders in new motor vehicles would produce valuable safety benefits that would far outweigh the nominal financial burden on manufacturers.
The Act also states that the owner or lessee of the vehicle owns said data unless a court authorizes retrieval of the data or a government motor vehicle agency wishes to use (take) the data to “improve motor vehicle safety.” In other words, yet another snoop state move with unlimited powers for the purpose of all of our “safety.”