If you didn’t know about any of this, don’t worry. You’re in good company, because car companies haven’t been very forthcoming with consumers about their black box technology.
The worry is who has access to the data. Car manufacturers, insurance companies and even state governments may claim that they need it in the event of an accident. So, it helps to know if your car has an EDR, but how can you tell?
Harris Technical has compiled a list stretching back to 1994 so you can find out at a glance. It’s got just about every make and model of car you can imagine made during 1994 through 2014.
Here is the link: http://www.harristechnical.com/downloads/EDR%20List.pdf
Was your car on the list? If your car does have an EDR, you need to know a few things. For example, who would have the rights to look at the black box’s data in the event of a crash? Car manufacturers want access because they want to know what’s exactly going on with your car if it crashes. Insurance companies want the same thing, but they’re also looking to figure out who’s to blame if a car does happen to crash.
So many people want to get their hands on your black box’s data, in fact, that there are 15 states that have addressed who actually has the rights to your data. The rules and regulations vary on a state-by-state basis.