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Comeau J-L, Holmes W, Monk B, Dalmotas DJ, German A, Schramm S, Thannhauser S and Good C; The Application of Event Data Recorders to Vehicle Safety Research; Proceedings of the 27th CARSP Conference; Toronto, ON; June 18-21, 2017
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Event Data Recorders (EDR's) have been installed in many motor vehicles since the 1990's. With the advent of sophisticated occupant restraint systems, including belt pretensioners and smart airbags, EDR's have recorded an increasing number of crash-related parameters. Similarly, advanced collision avoidance systems have become prevalent in the vehicle fleet and EDR's are now used to capture a wide range of pre-crash data elements relating to this technology and the resulting status of the vehicle and its control systems. Such data provide a wealth of information related to driver actions, and on the functionality and effectiveness of vehicle safety systems. The current paper will provide an overview of the scope of data elements captured by modern EDR's and will demonstrate the utility of these data through case studies of real-world events.
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