Ruling Impacts Access to On-Board Computer Data Retrieval

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R. Scott King, BSME: Automotive / Mechanical Engineer ::::

Later this year, an important, long-awaited ruling by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA 49 CFR Part 563) will take effect requiring auto manufacturers to provide public access to crash and other incident-related data recorded by on-board computers.  Bosch, LLC has been the primary developer and provider of the equipment and software required to access such event data for over ten years.  General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, and several others are among the manufacturers currently supported by the Bosch system.  In anticipation of Part 563, Bosch has added Honda passenger vehicles to its list of supported vehicles.

DJS Associates is pleased to announce this significant industry update and is equipped with the software, hardware, and experience required to access data from the 2012 Honda CR-V model line.  The list of potential data, from these vehicles, includes airbag deployment performance and collision severity, as well as pre-incident vehicle speed, brake application, steering wheel position, and much more.  As a result, this data is expected to prove its value in a wide variety of vehicle investigations. 

The 563 Rule relates to 2012 vehicles and beyond. Despite this latest update, several vehicle manufactures remain non-compliant with the Rule.  Additional updates are expected soon.

 

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