In a very recent, and quite excellent, article by Peter Thom, an Event
Data Recorder (EDR) expert, he makes clear that a scant five (5)seconds'
worth of data retrieved from a tiny microprocessor embedded in your car
can drastically affect the outcome of a trial should you suffer personal
injury in an automobile accident.
That's precisely why, Thom argues, that attorneys would do well to
appreciate the intricacies of EDRs and the data they compile.
EDRs installed in vehicle safety systems can reveal the details of crash
events, and that information can help determine precisely what happened.
Typical data collected by EDRs includes vehicle and throttle positioning,
speeds, velocity changes, seat belt status and airbag deployment status,
as well as elapsed time from impact to airbag deployment. The latest generation
of EDRs offers expanded recording segments and data collections that include
yaw rates (related to a vehicle's spin) and steering angles.
Thom notes, "(T)he EDR's challenge is that it is technology developed
by automakers but appropriated by an external audience. The first real
regulatory mandate for these devices in the 1980s was to verify the performance
of airbag safety systems. But soon other parties - including transportation
researchers, regulators, insurance companies, and, of course, attorneys
- came to view EDR technology as a source of useful accident data.
Today's EDRs developed by car companies address standards established
by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) which
have a compliance deadline of September 1, 2012.
Thom lastly opines, "that even if additional EDR data is available,
however, there is no guarantee that the data will be accurate or complete.
The technology is still developing, and current automotive EDRs are not
yet as durable as the aviation models. At present no standards have been
established for the type of data collected, sample rates, communications
protocol, or module connectors."
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