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Event Data Recorder (EDR) Links:
  The following links are offered as resources pertaining to current EDR and other related information.

EDR data has been admitted successfully in many criminal and civil proceedings. Data was excluded in one case because it could not be proven that it was from the event of interest due to a discrepancy between the key cycles at event and the key cycles at the time of readout. In another case, the court said that the data could not be used as evidence alone without expert testimony to validate or interpret it. The court has stricken some purported experts as not being experts. See the October 2007 decision decision by the Massachusetts Court of Appeals upholding admissibility of EDR evidence.
A list of known cases contributed by the engineers who worked on them or became aware of them is maintained by Jim Harris, of Harris Technical Services. This list is not represented to be a complete list, it is only as good as the diligence of the contributors, but is the best reference list that I am aware of.

Highlights:: Light vehicles built after Sept. 1, 2012 must comply with 49 CFR Part 563 , which states it if any one of the items in Table 1 is recorded then they all must be recorded and in accordance with the requirements in Table 1 and Table III. If the manufacturer records any data element in Table II then it must be recorded in accordance with the requirements in Table II and Table III. The recorder must survive in NHTSA’s FMVSS 208 frontal and FMVSS 214 side compliance crashes. The manufacturer must release the ability to read the data to a tool available for purchase by the public within 90 days of the first public sale of the vehicle. The manufacturer may specify the readout procedure. The NHTSA rule defines an EDR as something that records a time series of data, it does not technically require a manufacturer to have an EDR, you can comply by having no EDR data (time series data). However, 90% of all manufacturers had some kind of an EDR in their 2012 model year vehicles which would imply the vast majority must comply with the new rule for 2013 model year.

The link below takes you to the complete rule as published in 2006. The document is 207 pages long. The beginning part states NHTSA’s rationale for the rule and discusses at great length the comments received to the 2004 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. The actual rules do not start until Page 187 with the vehicle requirements starting on page 196. The original rule published in 2006 had a Sept. 2010 effective date, it was modified in January 2008 to have a Sept. 2012 effective date in response to manufacturer petitions for reconsideration. Additional modifications were published in 2011 and 2012.

The Association of International Automobile Manufacturers (AIAM) petition of some aspects of the 2006 rule can be accessed below:
      EDR petition

The equipment to read passenger vehicle Event Data Recorders was formerly known as the Vetronix Crash Data Retrieval System. Vetronix was acquired by Bosch several years ago, and effective January 2008 the equipment was rebranded as the Bosch Crash Data Retrieval System. Approximately 30% of the vehicles on the road, and about 50% of all new vehicles, are supported by the Bosch tool Ė including most GM products since 1994, some selected 2001 and later Ford products, and some Chrysler vehicles 2005 and later. The list of vehicles which are already publicly supported can be viewed at the Bosch Diagnostics website at the link below. Other manufacturers are expected to partner with Bosch and the remainder will be required in the future by NHTSA to release the ability to read their data to at least one publicly available provider.  
      Bosch Supported Vehicles List
      For the most recent copy go to www.boschdiagnostics.com

      CDR Hardware Checklist
      For the most recent copy go to www.boschdiagnostics.com

Under some circumstances Ford or Fordís suppliers may be willing to download EDRís for Ford vehicles that are not supported by Bosch. Please refer to my recent presentation on getting data from unsupported Fords on this website. If you still have questions, contact me for a free consultation on whether data is available and the best way to get it. During our initial consultation I will advise you of your options and recommend the option most likely to produce results in the timeframe you need.

As the retired Ford EDR guy, I know Fords off the top of my head, but I have made it my business to learn as much information as is available on other manufacturers.

Some additional manufacturers are currently going through the release process with Bosch and may become available in the future. If the vehicle you are interested in is not currently supported by Bosch, it does not mean that there is not any data available. Many manufacturers have data in recent models but do not readily acknowledge it. Most manufacturers will co-operate with law enforcement, fewer will respond to private parties, some will respond to private parties only if there is a court order. I may be able to assist you in how to fashion your discovery request to be more likely to get a response. Contact me for a free consultation.

CDR Operator/Analyst Training:
Richard R. Ruth, P.E.is an adjunct instructor for the class “Event Data Recorder Use in Traffic Accident Reconstruction” offered by the Institute of Police Technology and Management, a division of the University of North Florida, a public nonprofit. You can view the class schedule at IPTM’s website www.iptm.org.  Police agencies can request contract classes at their location that are not typically shown on the website. If you are interested in a contract class contact me or IPTM.  The IPTM 5 day class currently covers both hardware/software use and data analysis, and uses a very hands-on approach geared towards practical application, using real world case studies.   IPTM is one of the largest police training agencies in the world and draws students from all over the world.   IPTM advantages are listed in the attached document IPTM ADVANTAGES.
All the known CDR trainers are now listed on the Bosch CDR website training page at http://www.boschdiagnostics.com/cdr/training, no one trainer is singled out as “preferred”, the choice is up to the student. Choose IPTM!  Do not be fooled by organizations claiming they will give you your “certification”; there is no nationally recognized certifying body for CDR training such as ACTAR is for reconstruction proficiency certification.  
A 3 day update class is available for agencies that have experienced major accident investigation teams that use CDR regularly and only need updated information.  Classes can be customized to your organization’s particular needs upon request.  Update classes are are offered to the public less frequently, check the schedule for availability.
IPTM Schedule: www.iptm.org

You can get the latest official Bosch information on CDR and latest software downloads at:
• CDR Equipment Description: Bosch Diagnostics or by contacting their distributor:
The Crash Data Group, Scott Baker at www.crashdatagroup.com

Get the Latest Information fromcutting edge CDR users and presenters at:
 • Collision Publishing

Access NHTSA’s EDR research information site

View the NHTSA EDR Rules at:
www.regulations.gov  (original rule docket in 2006)

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