Crash Tests
Main AuthorAndreas Forster
Co-AuthorsChristian Kuhrt, Bardo Peters
Type of Mediapdf-document
Publication Typelecture
Publication Year2016
Publisher25. EVU Congress, Bratislava

An Event Data Recorder (EDR) provides an unbiased data base which shall help to analyze accidents by finding out about physical facts, which in turn help to clarify responsibilities. This rationale has lead to a mandatory use of EDR in the United States since 2014. For that purpose the NHTSA has defined the required U.S. EDR data contents (differentiating between minimal and optional extent). To meet this demand Continental has developed a configurable EDR solution that is in use in the USA. Details can be found in the 2012 EVU annual congress proceedings.

While the discussion about EDR use is still going on in the world markets, the need for this technology will soon increase: At the moment the roadmap for partially and highly automated driving is being defined by most of the OEMs and participating governments worldwide. What is currently not clearly defined is how future accidents, involving automated driving vehicles, can be investigated and judged. The main goal is to obtain evidence about the system or driver responsibility in case of erroneous maneuvers - illegal actions or accidents caused.

Building on existing technology, Continental suggests a concept of an EDR/AD for automated driving. It needs to be clarified which data is recorded, how the data is accessed by whom, and how the vehicle architecture shall look like to guarantee data consistency. Current trends in the automotive industry regarding data recording are presented together with a solution which is currently being developed.

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