April 19, 2002

Safety group unveils plan to automatically capture crash data info

Jersey City, New Jersey – IBM Corporation, Insurance Services Office Inc. and the Safety Intelligence Systems Corporation (SIS) have formed a relationship to facilitate the delivery of automobile crash information to a global crash database using in-vehicle telematics systems like OnStar.

The group says the capture of crash data will benefit the public, researchers and industry by filling a knowledge void unaddressed until now by traditional crash investigation techniques.

“Presently, motor vehicle crashes are the leading killer of Americans under the age of 34. We know that the world’s finest car manufacturers and insurers are committed to increasing their understanding of what happens during crashes so they can better prevent crash deaths and injuries,” said Dr. Ricardo Martinez, president and CEO of SIS, and also an emergency physician and former head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). “The crash-information Data Vault will provide new knowledge and insights to improve decision making regarding vehicle design, regulatory policy and vehicle problem detection.”

In February 2002, Dr. Martinez was named administrator of Global Safety Data, LLC.

The GSD Vault’s auto-crash database will be launched by the end of 2002 in North America and will be expanded internationally. It will be a unique repository for the most accurate data available on auto crashes, resulting from the growing amount of sensors and technologies designed into modern vehicles. In the future, such information can be automatically and instantly transmitted from cars involved in crashes. Safety researchers, engineers, the insurance industry, automobile manufacturers and government agencies will then use the data for the ultimate benefit of consumers, says the group.

The group claims the data will drive change that will result in lives spared, injuries prevented and billions of dollars saved. Public agencies, investigators and policy makers will also benefit from having access to timely and accurate crash data.

The group did not address the concerns of some consumer groups who see the automatic transmitting of data from crash sites as an invasion of privacy and an infringement on personal rights.

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