The Background: In 2019, the European Commission and the European Council jointly approved a regulation that will require new safety measures in motor vehicles starting July 2022, including the installation of so-called “Event Data Recorders,” a device similar to “black boxes” in aircrafts.
The Development: The Event Data Recorders will record several data and various input parameters of the on-board active safety and accident avoidance systems in the event of a collision. The collected data may not reveal the identity of the driver.
Looking Ahead: This new requirement has been met with a great deal of concern by industry stakeholders. However, the use of the data collected is strictly limited, which should allay privacy concerns. Concerning liability, the new rules seem to leave open several questions with respect to the recording of drivers’ wrongful behavior.