• Collecting safety road data

Summary

We helped the European Commission to evaluate whether fitting Event Data Recorders (EDRs) in vehicles would improve road safety or have other benefits that would justify the costs associated with adopting EU legislation. Our objective report made a compelling case for regulation.

The Challenge

EDRs provide accurate and reliable information on the vehicle state and the timing and chronology of actions immediately before and during a collision. This data is increasingly used in legal proceedings for accident claims. Fitment may also improve driving efficiency and behaviour. Our work with the Commission needed to fully analyse the fitment cost versus benefits of installing EDRs in a range of vehicle types: heavy goods vehicles, light goods vehicles, buses, coaches and passenger cars.

Our Approach

Our team set out to gather information about the technical specifications, potential benefits and costs of fitting EDRs. We also investigated the legal position of using EDRs and the data they provide by looking at how the US has addressed legal and data protection concerns. We considered how current systems may deal with these in Europe. On behalf of the Commission we consulted stakeholders directly in one to one discussions, through online questionnaires, and held a large forum for discussion in Brussels.

The Results

Our team provided the European Commission with a detailed report that fully explored the costs and benefits of EDR installation in commercial and personal vehicles, compared to maintaining the status quo. The report outlines that there is a compelling case for fitting EDRs from the perspectives of safety and access to justice. We also made detailed recommendations to the Commission, including guidelines for an EDR specification and recommended specific conventions in the way that data ownership and access are defined.

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