RICHARD R. RUTH. P. E.
Ruth Consulting LLC
(313) 910-5809, 3275 Van Hazen NW, Washington, DC 20015.
09/69 03/73 B.S. Electrical Engineering (with Honors) Michigan Technological University
04/78 M.B.A. Business
Ruth Consulting LLC, 2007-present
Analyze performance of automotive restraint systems in crashes.
Read automotive Event Data Recorders (EDR’s) using the Bosch Crash Data Retrieval (CDR) system, the GIT Hyundai & Kia systems, the Bluestreak Subaru system, and the Mitsubishi EDR tool. Apply the data to Traffic Crash Reconstruction to determine vehicle speeds and driver behavior prior to impact. Assist engineers and lawyers in understanding how to make the best use of EDR data in their cases. Assist prosecutors and other attorneys in EDR data admissibility hearings. Assist crash reconstructionists and attorneys in getting EDR data from manufacturers that have their own proprietary tools.
Instruct police officers and accident reconstructionists in reading and interpreting EDR’s.
Conduct EDR accuracy research and publish findings in peer reviewed professional journals to pave the way for improved data admissibility.
Speak at national and regional accident reconstruction conferences on new developments in EDR’s.
Perform beta testing for the Bosch Crash Data Retrieval system. Assist automobile manufacturers in improving new releases to Bosch CDR.
Consult on accident reconstruction and analysis including human factors, restraint systems performance in crashes, and occupant kinematics.
Read and interpret HVEDR data using the Synercon Forensic Link Adapter with Synercon and truck engine manufacturer software.
Read and interpret in-vehicle navigation and infotainment (phone/text) information using Berla iVe hardware and software.
Ford Motor Company,
2001-2006 Manager of Design Analysis Vehicle Dynamics and Interior, managed 15 engineering
supervisor level employees performing field investigations and technical support for Ford’s
Safety Office and Office of the General Counsel relating to restraints, handling and stability in
rollover accidents, roof structure, glass, doors, and seating.
Personally conducted field investigations of restraint system performance in crashes including Event Data Recorder readouts including inquires by NHTSA, NTSB, police, and NICB.
Gave 30B6 corporate and expert depositions, and trial testimony as needed.
Member of Ford Event Data Recorder (EDR) Policy Committee; contributed to Ford and
Led release of Ford EDR to Vetronix Corp (now Bosch) that makes Crash Data Retrieval (CDR).
Ford member of SAE "Vehicle Event Data Interface" Committee authoring standard J1698
on event data recorder output format.
Speaker on Event Data Recorders at 2004 SAE/NTSB technical meeting on EDR's.
1997-2000 Manager of Design Analysis Interior, managed 8 engineering supervisor level
employees, similar to the above but subject areas limited to restraints and seating.
1995-1996 Project Manager of Mark VIII and Thunderbird vehicle programs.
1992-1994 Business Planner in Project Alpha, brought new technology to market faster.
1984-1992 Product Planner in small car and powertrain planning, responsible for Escort.
1973-1984 Product Engineer, in a wide variety of transmission & chassis, and
vehicle engineering, including responsibility for developing the steering column airbag system, electronic controls for transmissions, rear axles, transaxles, power steering, and driveline NVH.
“Accuracy of Powertrain Control Module (PCM) Event Data Recorders”, SAE 2008-01-0162, by Ruth, West, Engle, and Reust, presented at SAE World Congress April 15, 2008.
“Dynamic Accuracy of Powertrain Control Module (PCM) Event Data Recorders During ABS Braking”, by Ruth and Reust, Collision Magazine, Spring 2008.
“The Accuracy of Speed Recorded by a Ford PCM and the Effects of Brake, Yaw, and Other Factors” by Reust, Morgan, and Ruth, Collision Magazine, Spring 2008
“Accuracy of Selected 2008 Chrysler Airbag Control Module Event Data Recorders”, SAE 2009-01-0877 by Ruth and Reust, presented at SAE World Congress April 22, 2009
“Accuracy of Selected 2008 Ford Restraint Control Module Event Data Recorders”, SAE 2009-01-0884 by Ruth, West, and Nasrallah, presented at SAE World Congress April 22, 2009.
“Accuracy of Selected 2008 Chrysler ACM EDR’s During Braking” by Ruth and Reust, Collision Magazine, Spring 2009
“Using Ford PCM Data to Evaluate Deceleration Rates, Brake Time and Impact Speeds” by Reust, Ruth, and Morgan”, Collision Magazine, Spring 2009
“Accuracy of EDR During Rotation on Low Friction Surfaces”, SAE 2010-01-1001 by Ruth, Brown, and Lau, presented at SAE World Congress April 2010.
“2009 Crown Victoria PCM EDR Accuracy in Steady State and ABS Braking Conditions” SAE 2010-01-1000 by Ruth and Brown, presented at SAE World Congress April 2010.
“Accuracy of Event Data Recorder in 2010 Ford Flex During Steady State and Braking Conditions”, SAE 2011-01-0812, by Ruth and Daily, presented at SAE World Congress April 2011
“Speed Accuracy of Event Data Recorder in the 2010 and 2011 Toyota
Camry During Steady State and Braking Conditions”, SAE 2012-01-0999, by Ruth, Bartlett and Daily, presented at SAE World Congress April 2012.
“Accuracy of Toyota EDR’s”, Collision Magazine, Volume 7 Issue 1, Spring 2012 by Ruth
“Accuracy and Characteristics of 2012 Honda Event Data Recorders from Real-Time Replay of Controller Area Network (CAN) Traffic”, SAE 2013-01-1264, by Diacon, Daily, Ruth, and Mueller, presented at SAE World Congress April 2013.
“Validation of Event Data Recorders in Full-Frontal Crash Tests, SAE 2013-01-1265, by Tsoi, Gabler, Hinch and Ruth presented at SAE World Congress April 2013.
“Accuracy and Timing of 2013 Ford Flex Event Data Recorders”, SAE 2014-01-0504, by Ruth & Daily, presented at SAE World Congress April 2014
“Accuracy of Translations Obtained by 2013 GIT Tool on 2010-2012 Kia and Hyundai EDR Speed and Delta V Data in NCAP Tests”, SAE 2014-01-0502, by Ruth & Tsoi, presented at SAE World Congress in April 2014.
“Longitudinal Delta V offset between front and rear crashes in 2007 Toyota Yaris Generation 04 EDR”, SAE 2016-01-1496, by Ruth and Muir, presented SAE World Congress in April 2016
“Using Ford EDR Pre-crash Stability Control System Data”, Collision Magazine 2016, by Bruno and Ruth
(18 publications to date) October 2016