Independent crash investigation

UK launches road crash investigation authority

UK launches road crash investigation authority

The UK government has announced the forthcoming creation of an independent organisation that will investigate road crashes and make recommendations to government on road safety policy. The “Road Safety Investigation Branch (RSIB)” will recruit a specialist team of crash investigators that will look at why incidents happen and “provide insight into how new technologies…can be rolled out.” New legislation is required for the new agency to go ahead, and this […]

Europe’s first cars with Level 3 automated driving go on sale in Germany

Europe’s first cars with Level 3 automated driving go on sale in Germany

Two new models from Mercedes-Benz have gone on sale in Germany with an automated system capable of taking complete control of the vehicle away from the driver under certain circumstances.  ETSC says more oversight is needed of such systems, together with a commitment to an in-depth crash investigation for every collision involving a vehicle with self-driving features. ETSC has repeatedly called for the setting up of an EU road collision […]

Car black boxes will be virtually useless to safety researchers

Car black boxes will be virtually useless to safety researchers

Electronic data recorders, which will be mandatory in new models of car from this summer, will be of little use to safety experts due to a ban on the retrieval of data containing location, date and time information from the devices, according to ETSC. Last month, the European Commission published the final technical specifications for the devices, which are one of a number of mandatory new technologies agreed as part […]

UK government may launch a road collision investigation authority

UK government may launch a road collision investigation authority

A new “investigation branch” dedicated to learning lessons from road traffic collisions, including those involving self-driving vehicles, could be established under plans unveiled by the UK government last month. The Department for Transport (DfT) has launched a consultation on proposals to set up a Road Collision Investigation Branch (RCIB), which would operate much like the similar independent bodies that already exist for air, maritime and rail collisions. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch […]

Dutch data extraction breakthrough could lead to better road crash investigations

Dutch data extraction breakthrough could lead to better road crash investigations

The Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI), a Dutch government institution, says it is the first research organisation to successfully read and publish the encoded driving data stored in Tesla vehicles, beyond what is available via the Event Data Recorder (EDR). The results, which have already been presented at a conference, could help independent researchers around the world better understand the role driver assistance systems such as Tesla “Autopilot” may or may not […]

Briefing: Independence in Investigation of Transport Accidents

Briefing: Independence in Investigation of Transport Accidents

Independent transport accident investigations derive their value and significance to society from the fact that they are the only kind of investigation that set themselves the sole task of systematically establishing precisely the truth and the facts of what has taken place with the aim of learning to improve safety and helping to prevent recurrences. In doing so, they can also help to assure society that the occurrence of such […]

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