The constant technological developments in the automotive field present new challenges when investigating automotive defects, because a failed technology might leave no evidence of a problem. Fortunately, Event Data Recorders can provide valuable information when trying to determine what exactly happened just before and during the collision event. As with most investigations, evidence preservation is key to being able to fully investigate not only if a defect did occur, but what caused it and why. Since vehicle technologies are becoming ever more complex and hard to assess, the use and availability of on-board electronic data in the detection of a vehicle defect will continue to increase.

David Porter