March 4-6, 2019
Hilton North Houston Hotel
ACTAR CEUs Awarded
2019 EDR Summit
Crash Data Group is proud to host the annual EDR Summit. This Summit focuses on Event Data Recorder research, collection and analysis for vehicle crash investigation. This is the only conference in the United States dedicated to users of EDR Tools and other in-vehicle data. The future of safety systems within vehicles on the road today demand a closer look at how they work and how the data collected can be used to assist your crash investigation. We have just scratched the surface of active safety systems and autonomous driving.
The EDR Summit will deliver the next step in advanced EDR technology for vehicle crash analysis. Most importantly, this summit brings together industry experts from around the world to present on timely topics and case studies. The presentations will focus on EDR data found in light trucks, passenger cars, SUVs, motorcycles, heavy commercial vehicles, active safety systems, autonomous driving, and vehicle infotainment systems.
The EDR Summit is open anyone who has an interest in learning more about event data recorders and how they are used in vehicle safety and crash investigation. As a result, typical attendees of this Summit include law enforcement, insurance (SIU and claims), government, legal and collision reconstructionists. Therefore, if you are involved with the collection and/or analysis of EDR data from vehicle crashes or forensics you won’t want to miss the EDR Summit!
CDR Technician: Train the Trainer Class
Collision Safety Institute
Optional Class: March 3, 2019 (Sunday before the EDR Summit) 8:30am to 4:00pm
The CDR Technician Train the Trainer program has been developed to meet the need for an expanded number of regional training opportunities on the basics of using the CDR Tool and updated significantly for 2019. The CDR Technician Train the Trainer program gives the Trainer/Mentor the tools to lead new CDR Technicians into the expanding world of Crash Data Retrieval.
2019 EDR Summit Speakers and Topics
Bosch Automotive Safety Solution
Bosch CDR Tool 2019 and Beyond: The GM ASCM, CDR 900, and More
2018 was a busy year in the CDR division of Bosch. With multiple ACM cables released, new vehicle coverage, software updates and most importantly the CDR 900 vehicle interface module. This presentation will cover where we left off at last year’s EDR Summit and bring you up to date with the Bosch CDR Tool. Additional time will be spent on the new CDR 900 interface module and the newly supported GM Active Safety Control Module (ASCM). The presentation will also provide a road map of what’s coming to the Bosch CDR Tool. As always, Mr. Rose will be available to answer your questions at the conclusion of his presentation.
EDR and U-Haul 26-ft Box Trucks
In 2016 U-Haul started production of a new line of 26-ft box trucks using the Ford F650. At the time, the F650 did not have any type of event data recorder. Working with Ford, we were able to create an EDR on the Ancillary Translator Module and test during 2017. Ford verified that the data was being correctly recorded during an event, both through simulation and hard braking tests. U-Haul was able to verify that events could be recorded during impacts. In 2018, the EDR was added into production for U-Haul trucks. The EDR is only available for U-Haul and not on any other F650 trucks.
Analyzing Steering, Yaw and Lateral Accel Stability Control System Data
Ford vehicles began recording Steering, Yaw, and Lateral Acceleration Data in 2009. The author gathered a significant sample size of Ford EDR files with last minute swerves and left turns before impact. Traditionally lateral accel is used to calculate lateral velocity and lateral displacement which can give change in approach angle, while yaw rate is used to get heading change, and steering has primarily been used qualitatively. Since Fords collect all 3, this research will explore how well change in heading from yaw rate data compares to change in approach angle from lateral acceleration data. The intent is to develop a correlation that can potentially be used on vehicles that only have yaw rate, to determine change in approach angle from yaw rate data alone. The research will also explore the correlation between lateral accel, yaw rate and steering angle, with the objective to test if the correlation is strong enough to use steering alone to predict yaw rate vehicle response and or lateral accel/velocity/displacement and change in approach angle. The correlations are explored for both the last second swerve use case and the left turning vehicle use case.
Alan Moore, P.E.
A.B.Moore Forensic Engineering, Inc.
Update on Reconstruction of Autonomous Vehicle and ADAS Technology
An update on the rapidly growing vehicle of self-driving vehicles, and the more common Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) such as collision warning, automatic braking, lane departure warning, and autosteer. What is on the road today, what is coming in the future, and how will it affect accident reconstruction? What electronic data is available, how reliable is it, and how do you get it?
Determining Vehicle Speed From An Audio Recording
Video evidence is becoming more prevalent every day, and methods to determine vehicle speed from video are well developed. However, in some cases the video analysis methods are not applicable, but sufficient audio data is available to do the job. How can a reconstructionist analyze the noise of a vehicle to determine its speed? Learn how engine design, vibrations theory, the Fourier transform, and gearing can help you find the speed from what sounds like random noise.
Gyro Flight & Safety Analysis Inc.
Velocity Analysis from Video Cameras
With the proliferation of video cameras in the modern world there is increased probability that vehicles involved in an accident will be captured on video, be it traffic, surveillance and dash cameras, or by a handheld phone. This video has typically been seen as qualitative evidence for traffic accident collision reconstruction, but when properly analyzed video can reveal accurate quantitative data using techniques developed for investigating aircraft accidents. On 20 June 2018, a senior engineer at NTSB met with the founder of Gyro Flight & Safety Analysis in Ottawa, Canada and conducted several tests comparing velocities extracted from a dash camera with measured reference speed data. The findings of this testing will be shared, as well as the results of a large number video velocity investigations on automobiles, trucks, semis, motorcyclists, bicyclists, pedestrians and other moving objects, including comparisons of video velocity analysis with EDR data.
Bosch Automotive Safety Solution
Collision Safety Institute
Bosch CDR 900 Technical Discussion and Demonstration
It’s been more than 10 years since the CDR Tool interface has changed significantly and the CDR 900 is the next step in the evolution of the CDR Tool functionality and capabilities. The CDR 900 will be the new interface module going forward for the Bosch CDR Tool and has many functions and features the user should be aware of. This technical session will better prepare the CDR user to update and operate the Bosch CDR 900 effectively in the field. Bill Rose from Bosch and Rusty Haight from the Collision Safety Institute will team up to present this technical session on the Bosch CDR 900 vehicle interface module and then after the technical discussion, Bill and Rusty will give a demonstration of the use and features of the CDR 900. Ample time for questions will be offered at the end of this session and together with Bill Rose’s more broad CDR Tool update, end users should come away with a far better understanding of the role and application of the CDR 900.
Robert D. Anderson
Scottsdale Police Department
Tesla EDR Case Studies & Reconstruction Techniques
Tesla is currently the newest addition to the nearly comprehensive family of EDR supported vehicles. Aspects of the technology that are unique to this manufacturer will be covered through comprehensive review of case studies of crashes involving Tesla vehicles. Besides the mechanics of obtaining a download and telematics information, the discussion will include how data from the vehicle telematics obtained through Tesla compares and differs from the data retrieved from the airbag control module, as well as traditional reconstruction methods as well as video evidence evaluation.
Dynamic Safety LLC
Delta V Forensic Engineers
A Generational Review of Collision Mitigation Systems in Heavy Vehicles
Collision mitigation systems are becoming more and more prevalent in today’s commercial vehicle. This presentation will review the most prevalent systems by generation including Meritor OnGuard, Bendix Wingman, and Detroit Assurance. The attendees will become more familiar with the capabilities of these systems and the potential for data and video recording during activation. Proper procedures for the procurement of this data will also be addressed.
Collision and Injury Dynamics, Inc.
Validation and Analysis of Vehicle Speed Data Acquired with the Berla iVe System
Vehicle infotainment and telematics systems can store significant data relevant to investigations involving automobiles. Among the more useful information to those involved in collision reconstruction is stored vehicle speed data. Testing was conducted with instrumented vehicles under a variety of driving conditions, including directional changes and maximum acceleration and braking. The data acquired from these vehicles using the Berla iVe system were analyzed and compared to data from reference instrumentation.
Infotainment and EDR Correlation
Infotainment and telematics systems have emerged as another source for collision-related information in the field of accident reconstruction. Whereas the expected information from EDR data has standardized in recent years, the emergence of infotainment data has introduced a new, sometimes unpredictable variable into the type and quality of data an investigator can collect during the course of a reconstruction. This presentation will educate the attendee on real-world collisions where both EDR and infotainment data from an involved vehicle was evaluated. Where do the two sources agree and complement one another? Where do the two sources disagree? Do you get the entire picture if you only image the EDR? All of these questions and more will be answered during the presentation.
Collision Reconstruction Services, LLC
Car Fire = No EDR, Infotainment, or other Electronic Data?
Automobiles involved in collisions can sometimes catch on fire and burn. Individuals may try to burn an automobile to cover up a crime or evidence of fraud. If a car has been burned in a fire, is the digital data contained within an EDR, infotainment system, or other data storage systems gone? Testing has been conducted to answer some of the questions regarding electronic data and fires which will be presented at the 2019 EDR Summit.
Abstract coming soon.
CDR Technician Troubleshooting & Advanced Data Collection Techniques
This presentation will give attendees the opportunity to learn to read and better understand vehicle service information as it relates to crash data retrieval. Where is the module “really” located? There is more than one airbag control module fuse; now what? What if I have to supply power to more than one fuse? How do I know my direct-to-module cable is “good”? What if I cannot access the DLC port or maybe cannot directly access the module? What if the wiring harness cannot be removed from the module? This presentation will address these along with other potential situations the CDR Technician may encounter.
After the presentation there will be an opportunity for smaller groups of instructor-led hands on “research” to identify ACM fuse(s), DLC wiring, and module pinouts and wiring. There will also be an opportunity to practice some of the advanced data collection techniques discussed during the presentation.
Wilson Consulting, LLC
Impact Dynamics of Passenger Vehicle in Guardrail and Guardrail End Terminal Crashes
Standardized guardrail crash tests will be presented. The purpose of these tests is to evaluation performance criteria. However, these tests provide a foundation for accident reconstructionists to understand vehicle dynamics associated with guardrail impacts. Of primary importance, is the extended crash pulses associated with guardrail impacts, which typically result in an incomplete record of the crash from the EDR crash data. Examples of real-world guardrail crashes will be presented.
Maintenance and installation issues that have an adverse effect on performance may be addressed, depending on time allotment.
Motorcycle Accident Reconstruction – Incorporating Struck Vehicle EDR Data
Some motorcycles now have data recorders that can capture crash data relevant to a reconstruction. However, this data is still rare. Reconstructionists are more likely to encounter collisions between a motorcycle and a passenger vehicle in which EDR data can be recovered from the struck vehicle. This presentation will describe and explain the reconstruction of a specific intersection collision involving a motorcycle striking a sport utility vehicle (SUV). Event data from the SUV was recovered and is incorporated into the reconstruction. This case study will be used to demonstrate a valid methodology for incorporating this data to arrive at a reliable speed for the motorcycle. This methodology incorporates the EDR data, but also utilizes analysis of the struck vehicle tire marks with photogrammetry and analysis of the struck vehicle translation and rotation.
Collision Safety Institute
EDR Data – Applications Beyond Impact Speed
Since the introduction of EDR data some 19 years ago now, the chief focus of the data seems to have been on impact speed: “how fast was that driver going at (or before) impact?” Undeniably, this was a function of the early adoption of EDR data by law enforcement and “speed” being arguably the most common application in criminal cases. As use of EDR data has broadened, other applications have become increasingly common and end users of EDR data have come to realize that there’s so much more available – particularly in recent data sets – that there’s a whole lot more available than just “impact speed.” Moreover, as discovery requirements have become more significant to the crash reconstructionists in recent years, focusing narrowly on impact speed to the near exclusion of other aspects of the data can undermine the strength of a given analysis. Using real world examples and crash test data, this presentation will address some of the other applications of EDR data sometimes overlooked or at least “skimmed over” with an eye toward broadening the potential application of EDR data in both criminal and civil cases. NEWLY ADDED: With the addition of version 18.0 and coverage for Subaru vehicles, Rusty’s presentation will be modified slightly to include a review of some examples of Subaru data as well as a comparison of that data to the data one would get from the “old,” proprietary Subaru tool.
Past EDR Summits
In 2006, the first event was held in Dallas, Texas and was named the CDR User’s Conference. In 2007 we moved the event to Houston, Texas to be more centrally located and access to a larger airport hub. In 2010 we changed the name to CDR Summit. This annual event continued to grow and in 2015 we moved to a larger hotel (Hilton North Houston). As more vehicles are becoming data driven and autonomous safety features are being added, we felt the need to expand the topics to include a wider range of vehicle data topics. For 2017, the summit was renamed “EDR Summit” representing our expansion of topics and discussion in EDR technology. Moving forward we will continue to expand discussion/research topics to other EDR Tools for non-Bosch CDR supported vehicles, heavy duty trucks, motorcycles, active safety systems, cyber security, and autonomous safety systems.
Below you will find all of the past events and the topics that were presented.
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