Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Last One to Know

Am I the only person in the world that didn't know that cars have been using "black box" data recorders since 1990?
In May 2010, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers endorsed making EDRs mandatory in all vehicles, but expressed concerns that some in Congress wanted more elaborate and expensive ones than are available.

The devices have been in use for about 20 years.

GM began widely installing the predecessor version of today's event data recorders in vehicles in the 1990 model year, and they became standard equipment in light-duty vehicles in the 1995 model year.


  1. There's gotta be a way to hack those things so it resets the date stamp to 1955 every time you exceed 88 miles per hour...

  2. No, it's actually easier than that, you just get an OBD reader and reset it every so often. The computer is part of the OBD system, which is CANBUS, which is pretty easily hackable. What did you think those little 'Snapshot" things were that progressive hawks all the time? They plug into your OBD port and monitor your driving for a month.