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Monday, 19 October 2020 22:14

Talking Cars---What Does Yours Say in a Crash?

Written by Scott Palmer, PropertyCasualty360
Data captured for accident prevention and occupant protection technologies can be used to improve medical care to injured parties after an accident. Data captured for accident prevention and occupant protection technologies can be used to improve medical care to injured parties after an accident. Getty Images

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For automakers, there are three technology strategies to reduce serious injury and related consequences from auto accidents: prevent auto accidents, protect occupants from injury when in an auto accident and facilitate better medical care to an injured occupant after an accident.

Today, vehicle manufacturers offer a variety of technologies within each of these categories. For example, Automated Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) such as forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking and blind-spot detection are designed to prevent accidents.

Occupant protection systems, such as airbags, seat belts and collapsible steering columns are designed to prevent injury when an accident occurs.

 

Lastly, today’s telematics systems connect the car to service providers who can use vehicle data to improve emergency medical response to an accident.

 

Virtually all these technologies benefit from robust vehicle data capture and artificial intelligence. Interestingly, data captured for accident prevention and occupant protection technologies can be used to improve medical care to injured parties after an accident. We will explore the use of this data and how it can also benefit casualty claim processes.

 

Telematics systems and vehicle data

 

Vehicle data is important for understanding injury outcomes. The professional disciplines of accident reconstruction and injury causation have established axioms. All other factors being equal, the following are true:

 

  1. Increasing the severity of an impact, in terms of impact acceleration, increases the amount of damage to a vehicle.
  2. Increasing the severity of an impact, also in terms of impact acceleration, increases the risk of injury to the vehicle’s occupants.

 

If we can measure acceleration in a collision, we can gain better insights into auto damage and the potential for occupant injury.


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