Among the first to publicly express their approval, American manufacturer GM issued a statement yesterday commending the senator for the legislation. Not al all surprising, given the fact that GM has already stated its intention to install EDRs on all future new vehicles, as announced this February.
"General Motors applauds Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) for introducing legislation to mandate Event Data Recorders (EDRs) in all new vehicles. EDRs can provide important crash related data that will help promote vehicle and occupant safety on America’s roads," the carmaker says.
EDRs, a sort of black boxes for vehicles, only record data in the period that starts just before the crash and ends subsequently, The crash information stored in the EDR will be provided to state authorities, if they request it, in order to help solving investigations. The data will also improve the National Highway and Traffic Safety Association real-world statistics.
“It is essential that decisions on important safety issues be supported by the best available data, and we are convinced that EDRs can help that process,” Michael J. Robinson, GM Environment, Energy and Safety Policy vice president said. "We agree with those who called for mandatory installation of and greater use of the data from EDRs during recent Congressional hearings.”