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News   May 31, 2011   by CARS Magazine


Automobile manufacturers, starting in September of 2012, will be required to ensure that new light vehicles equipped with an Event Data Recorder (EDR) in their Electronic Control Units (ECUs), allow EDR data to be retrieved by a commercially available tool, following a crash. This is in compliance with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) final rule (49 CFR Part 563), and manufacturers will be required to have this capability in place within 90 days of the first sale of such a vehicle into the US market.

Bosch designs, manufactures and sells the Crash Data Retrieval (CDR) tool used by law enforcement, accident reconstructionists, government agencies and insurance companies to retrieve and translate EDR records, currently from Ford, Chrysler and General Motors cars and light truck ECUs. Toyota Motor Corporation and Robert Bosch LLC, Diagnostics Business Unit have entered into a license agreement to allow Bosch access to Toyota EDR system information for the purpose of supporting Toyota automobiles with the Bosch CDR tool.

Toyota Supports a Commercially Available EDR Imaging Solution Beginning in an upcoming Bosch CDR software release, imaging capability will be available for select North American EDR equipped model and model year Toyota, Lexus, and Scion vehicles. Future CDR software releases are planned to include additional new and back model years for North America as well as coverage for Toyota vehicles worldwide.

"The easy-to-use and dedicated Bosch CDR tool offers access to EDR records from a wide range of vehicle models without requiring the purchase of a specialized tool for each manufacturer, and the addition of support for Toyota vehicles to the CDR tool provides a more powerful and cost effective EDR record imaging solution for Bosch customers,"
said Dan Walker, CDR Business Manager for Bosch Diagnostics Business Unit.

A CDR Tool Software Subscription allows the user to retrieve EDR records from General Motors, Ford, Chrysler and (soon to be Toyota) airbag control modules, General Motors rollover sensors and Ford Powertrain Control Modules (PCM) using the CDR tool hardware kit. The Bosch Crash Data Retrieval tool and appropriate software is the only crash retrieval system available in the aftermarket for vehicles from any of these manufacturers.

The software is available as either a 1-year or 3-year software subscription. A subscription purchase will allow the user to automatically receive all CDR System Software updates released during the subscription period. The CDR software can be downloaded from the Internet, and will include an installation program that allows users to install and run the CDR program on one PC.

Bosch is the world leader in Event Data Recorder (EDR) record imaging technology. Since 2000, Bosch Crash Data Retrieval (CDR) products have been trusted internationally by law enforcement, crash researchers, auto manufacturers and government agencies to access EDR information on a wide range of passenger cars, light trucks and SUVs.

Bosch is uniquely positioned to support government and industry alike in a wide range of efforts aimed toward improving traffic safety and EDR data standardization. The CDR tool is just one of many products offered in the comprehensive array of Bosch diagnostic and service equipment provided to the aftermarket.

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