Starting September 2012, automobile manufacturers will be required to comply with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) final rule (49 C.F.R 563) which requires manufacturers of cars and light trucks with vehicles that store Event Data Recorder (EDR) information in their ECUs during a crash to ensure that a commercially available tool is available to read out this information within 90 days of the first sale of a vehicle into the U.S. market.
Today, Bosch’s Diagnostics Business Unit designs, manufactures and sells a Crash Data Retrieval (CDR) tool used by police officers, accident reconstructionists and insurance companies to retrieve and translate EDR information from Ford, Chrysler, General Motors, Mazda and Toyota cars and light truck ECUs.
In preparation for meeting the 49 C.F.R 563 rule, Honda Motor Co., Ltd., American Honda Motor Co., Inc., and Robert Bosch LLC, Diagnostics Business Unit have entered into a license agreement to allow Bosch access to Honda EDR system information for the purpose of supporting Honda automobiles in the Bosch Crash Data Retrieval tool.
“The addition of Honda to a growing list of supported vehicle manufacturers enables Bosch to be more uniquely positioned to support government and industry alike in a wide range of efforts aimed toward improving traffic safety and EDR data standardization” said Bill Rose, Senior Product Manager for Bosch Diagnostics Business Unit.
NHTSA proposes EDRS in light passenger vehicles beginning Sept. 1, 2014.