While many major car manufacturers already include the devices in their vehicles, the transportation department regulatory reform proposal, released on Thursday, includes a plan to make mandatory the inclusion of event data recorders (EDRs) in all new cars and light trucks, reports The Detroit News. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the trade association GM, Ford, Chrysler Group LLC, Toyota and eight other automakers endorse making EDRs mandatory but, according to the report, have concerns that "some in congress wanted recorders that are more elaborate and expensive than are available." A law that will take effect in 2013 standardizes the information collected by EDRs to simplify data collection.
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