The Efficacy of Event Data Recorders in Pedestrian-Related Accidents 2004-01-1195
Recent models of General Motors (GM) and selected Ford vehicles may be equipped with an event data recorder (EDR) that records information in the airbag sensing and diagnostic module (GM-SDM) or restraint control module (Ford-RCM). These systems have become a resource to the accident reconstructionist in the analysis of collisions involving data recorder equipped vehicles, as typically the data can be downloaded via the Vetronix Crash Data Retrieval (CDR) System. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the use of the CDR System in pedestrian accidents. A series of impacts using a pedestrian dummy and SDM equipped vehicles were performed. After each test, the SDM was downloaded via the CDR system and the data evaluated. The dummy and vehicle kinematics were documented and the vehicle impact response was compared with the SDM recorded velocity change and impact speed.