Road safety, the mandatory black box arrives. Since when and how it works

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The EU Regulation 2019/2144 provides that starting from 6 July 2022 the newly approved models are equipped with safety systems. Solutions that, on the other hand, will be mandatory on all newly registered cars from 7 July 2024. The objective of the European Union is; obviously to get to & quot; significantly reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on the roads & quot ;.

The novelty; more significant & egrave; the introduction of the black box inside the cars. Let's see more in detail what will change.

OBLIGATION OF THE BLACK BOX The European Union doesn't exactly call it the black box but “ event data logger ''. The definition given is; the following:

A system designed exclusively for the purpose of recording and storing accident parameters and information immediately before, during and immediately after a collision.

What data this device records which in the future will be; mandatory on cars? The new European Union legislation always comes to our aid.

The data that they are capable of recording and storing for the period immediately before, during and immediately after a collision includes at least the speed; of the vehicle, the braking, the position and the inclination of the vehicle on the road, the status and frequency of activation of all its safety systems, the eCall on-board system based on the 112 service, the activation of the brake and any other relevant input parameter of on-board active safety and accident prevention systems; these data are of a high level of accuracy and are therefore very accurate. security guaranteed.

Obviously, the black box – or the “event data logger” as the European Union prefers to call it – cannot; be disabled . Furthermore, the data is recorded and stored in order to work on a closed circuit system and is anonymized and protected from manipulation and abuse. Again, according to what one can & ograve; read, the data collected allow accurate identification of the type, variant and version of the vehicle and of the active safety and accident prevention systems supplied.

The regulation provides that all recorded data can be made available to the authorities; under national or Union legislation, only for the purposes of research and analysis in relation to the accident. Therefore, what is recorded will be able to be used by law enforcement agencies to reconstruct the dynamics of an accident. This novelty not only applies to cars but also to light commercial vehicles.

For the moment there is no; no obligation for the cars already; in circulation unless individual countries decide. It must be said that the black box is not; certainly a novelty; in the automotive sector. Gi & agrave; for some time now some insurance companies have been offering it to customers, often in combination with discounts on the price to pay.

ALCOLOCK AND OTHER NEWS?

Of course, the European regulation also provides for further that will have to be found on the vehicles. We have, for example, what is called & quot; intelligent speed adaptation; & quot ;. The definition is; the following.

A system that helps the driver to maintain speed; more appropriate to the road environment by providing an appropriate signal.

It is not, therefore, a sort of speed limiter; but rather of a system through which it will be; possible & quot; inform the driver through the accelerator control, or through other specific, adequate and effective signal, that the speed limit is; applicable & egrave; been exceeded & quot ;.


The regulation explains that it will be; of a system that will work based on “ information relating to the speed limit '', obtained by observing road signs and by means of signals from the road infrastructure or digital cartography data, or both. Drivers will be able to disable it. However, the system will recover. every time the vehicle is switched on. Intelligent speed adaptation it does not prevent the car from exceeding the speed limits.

We then have the obligation to be predisposed for the alcoholock , the definition of which is egrave; the following.

Standardized interface that simplifies the after-sales installation of alcohol-lock devices.

The legislation, therefore, does not provide for the obligation to install the device which, using a series of sensors, prevents the engine from starting in case it is detected that the driver has a blood alcohol level higher than the permitted one, but only the presence of the interface that allows its assembly.

The legislation provides, among other things, the presence of other safety devices which, however, are often already; present in most cars recent. Let's talk, for example, about the driver inattention and fatigue warning, the tire pressure monitoring system, the emergency stop signaling, the advanced emergency braking systems and the emergency lane keeping system .

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